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Safeguarding children and child protection

If you have concerns that a child you know may be at risk of suffering abuse or neglect, you should report this immediately.  You can report anonymously. 

Child abuse is never acceptable in any circumstances, and every child has the right to be safe. 

Report a concern

Report a concern about a child (under 18 years old) to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) Children's Services on 0300 123 4043 (including out of hours). 

If a child or young person is in immediate danger, left alone, or is missing you should call the police on 999.

For more information about safeguarding children please visit the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.

You can also report child abuse, or discuss your concerns with the NSPCC by calling 0808 800 5000 or emailing 

Information for professionals

All safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people in North Hertfordshire should be directed to HCC using the contact details above. North Herts Council are not able to accept safeguarding referrals and do not have responsibility for investigating safeguarding concerns.

If you have a safeguarding query related to the practices or procedures at North Herts Council and would like to speak to someone, please contact

Child safeguarding policy

We published a child safeguarding policy available below.