Child protection

Protecting Children – Our Statutory Duty

Devon and Cornwall Police and other statutory partners (local authority, health, education and police) have a legal duty to share information and work together to safeguard children and protect them from harm and abuse. These statutory responsibilities and arrangements are set out nationally in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Each Local Authority area has a Safeguarding Children Partnership or Board responsible for ensuring services in that area are working effectively to protect children. New Working Together arrangements have been published for Cornwall, Plymouth and Torbay.



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Isles of Scilly


  • #NeglectMatters Any adult worried about the welfare of a child, or seeking advice on any concern at all, can call
    the NSPCC Helpline 24/7 on 0808 800 5000, who work in Partnership with Plymouths Local Safeguarding Childrens Board, alternatively email, or visit Local Safeguarding Children board

  • First Light (hyperlinked to Firstlight )

    Based in Plymouth and is the lead agency for Plymouth Sexual Assault Referral Centre. The organisation supports men, women, children and young people who have been affected by rape and serious sexual assault.

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South West

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  • Just for kids law is a UK charity. Just for Kids Law provides advocacy, support and assistance to young people in difficulty; particularly those in trouble with the law, looked after children and those at risk of exclusion from school. We combine specialist legal representation (often pro bono) with individualized packages of support to address the multiple and complex issues that our young people face and that prevents them fully engaging within society. Once their lives are stabilized they work with our opportunities program to get into positive activities including work, education or training.
  • Netmums find support near you
  • NSPCC Crulty to children must stop. Full Stop

    The Underwear Rule: It's PANTS. Teach your child the underwear rule and help protect them from abuse.

  • Parents Protect!

    Together we can prevent child sexual abuse.

  • Parents against child sexual exploitation (PACE)

    PACE is the leading national charity working with parents and carers whose children are sexually exploited.

  • The parent zone
  • Real Love Rocks - Protect against sexual exploitation
  • Stop It Now Together we can prevent child sexual abuse. "At Stop it Now! UK and Ireland we understand the struggle. We are ready to help you. We offer confidential help and support. We know people who get help can learn to control their thoughts and behaviours. So please, pick up the phone and call the Stop it Now! freephone confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and information."
  • Social media

    Your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world

  • Switched on Familes: giving parents clear, honest and useful advice on how to keep their kids safe online.
  • The Site

    A young persons guide to the real world

  • The Survivors Trust

    A national umbrella agency for over 130 specialist rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations throughout UK and Ireland.

  • Values verse Violence

    Values are the fundamental beliefs that we hold about what is important…freedom, democracy, kindness, honesty, integrity. These are all values and it is vital that our children really understand the fundamental beliefs that those around them hold dear.

  • YOTI

    ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online. As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.

    The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.

    Below are a couple of online resources which contain details regarding this service:

    NSPCC - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.

    Childline – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the app to verify age.

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