Wakefield Council is asking everyone to play their part in safeguarding children and recognise where families need support.  The Council is supporting a campaign led by the Wakefield Safeguarding Children’s Partnership to encourage everyone to protect vulnerable children and young people by reporting concerns.


During the global coronavirus pandemic, the majority of children and young people are staying at home.  The Council recognises this difficult and stressful time may affect how families cope and for this reason it is possible the risk of harm to children could rise.  Wakefield Council is reminding families they can get help and advice as services are open and ready and willing to help them.


Everyone is being asked to play their part in safeguarding children and young people in our community.  Issues that could affect young people include domestic abuse, neglect, exploitation, physical, sexual, psychological, or financial abuse, alcohol or drug misuse, or mental health issues.


Councillor Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “As ever we are committed to the safety of all our district’s children and young people. We know this is a stressful and difficult time and our services are here to support families that need help. During this unprecedented time we want to remind people that we all need to play a part in supporting families under stress and ensuring the most vulnerable in our district are protected.  Anyone who believes child or young person is being harmed, or at risk of harm, must act, and must report their concerns.”


Anyone concerned about a child or young person should call 03458 503503.