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Kingston Council and AfC urge residents to report any suspicions about child abuse

Kingston Council and Achieving for Children are backing the Department for Education's campaign to help tackle child abuse.

Partners from across Kingston such as schools, police, health and the voluntary sector, all work together through Kingston Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). 

The LSCB's job is to provide an overview of how effectively children are safeguarded and identify improvements where necessary. For this reason, the LSCB is an independent body that can oversee the work of all organisations working with children and families. 

However, all agencies working with children and young people need the community's help to keep children safe. 

Councillor Eric Humphrey, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Looked after Children said:"All children in our borough have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. A recent survey has revealed that a third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing with many not acting on their suspicions because they’re worried about being wrong. 

"You don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions; if you have a feeling that something’s not right, contact the Achieving for Children's Single Point of Access Team." 

So far this year, the SPA in Kingston has dealt with over 15,000 enquiries, some of which come from members of the public. 

SPA is open 8.45am until 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.45am until 4.45pm on Friday and can be contacted on 020 8547 5008. Outside these hours the duty social worker can be contacted on 020 8770 5000