Very few adults harm children deliberately and most often, when harm does happen, families need support, not punishment or the removal of their children. Social Workers and other professionals get involved when parents may be unable to protect their child from harm and need some help. In some cases the Police Child Abuse Investigation Teams will work with Social Workers to help protect children and decide whether an offence has been committed.
You can tell us about a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way. This could be about the child's developmental needs, issues that the parent/carer is experiencing, or if you suspect a child is being neglected or subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Call the London Borough of Sutton MASH (Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub) on 020 8649 0418 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday or call the out-of-hours or weekend duty team on 020 8770 5000.
Our specialist safeguarding team will then make any enquiries, and contact you again if necessary. Information you supply is held in the strictest of confidence and not disclosed to any party; including those connected to the child you have concerns about.