As a professional or volunteer working with or for children you are in a good position to notice if a child is showing signs of abuse or neglect, or to suspect whether they have been a victim of bullying or have seen harmful content on the internet.
This website has advice and guidance, and links to other useful sites, to help you understand what action you can take to protect a child.
We also have a useful policies and procedures section to help professionals and volunteers to understand how they can safeguard children they work or come into contact with.
We also provide threshold guidance for professionals to help identify when a child may need support.
If you are worried that a child is suffering or at risk of significant harm you can Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190. If it is an emergency, please call the police on tel: 999 or 101.
We want each case to be reported to us as early as possible, so our partner agencies can provide support at the first opportunity. That's why we set up the Starting Point hotline specifically for professionals.
Starting Point is Derbyshire's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round contact and referral service for concerns that a child is suffering or is at risk of significant harm.
If you're a professional wanting to make a child referral, please complete the Starting Point request for support form.
Read more about support for families and early help.
Advice and consultation
If you're a professional working with children and require advice, or support with safeguarding services please tel: 01629 535353, Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.