Child Abuse

We are committed to keeping children safe and work closely with partner agencies to minimise the risks to children who might be vulnerable to harm.

If you think a child is in imminent danger please call 999.

The child abuse investigation team works with other agencies such as children’s social care and health, to minimise the risk to children who may be vulnerable to harm. Our staff and officers will take every opportunity to protect and keep safe children who are at risk.

Help and support

Whether you are an adult concerned about the welfare of a child you know, or you are a child who is upset about something that is happening to you, there is help and support available.

If you’re a child or young person worried or upset about something, talk to an adult you know well and trust, or call the police on the non-emergency 101 number or 999 if you feel you are in immediate danger.


If you don't have anyone you can talk to, you can call ChildLine for free. You can talk about any problem and there will always be someone there to help you sort it out.

Tel: 0800 1111

Report it

If you are concerned about a child who might be at risk of harm or abuse, or is being ill-treated or neglected, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling us on 101) or in person. However, if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can complete our secure online reporting form (hyperlink)

Please don’t be worried about talking to the police. We will always listen to you and take what you tell us seriously and do everything we can to help you.

Useful links

Wiltshire Police follow national guidance for safeguarding children. You can read more about this guidance and access other organisations through the links listed below:

 Wiltshire Police information on Child Sexual Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah's Law)

 Working together to safeguard children

 South West Child Protection Procedures web site

 Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)

 Wiltshire LSCB

 Swindon Council Website

 Wiltshire Council Website

 Victim Support



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