Archive for April, 2015
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti-social behaviour as acting “in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harm, alarm or distress”.
As anti-social behaviour covers a range of issues – noise, vandalism, drugs, alcohol, dog-fouling and many more – there are a number of agencies who can respond to try and stop it. This can lead to confusion over knowing who to report what to.
The Shropshire Safer Stronger Communities Partnership believes that all residents and tenants have the right to live peacefully within their home and communities, and is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour. The partnership has a single reporting telephone number for people to report incidents of anti-social behaviour – 0345 678 9020. You can also call West Mercia Police on 101. Both numbers are available 24 hours a day.
Recent media coverage of the exploitation of children reminds us that safeguarding – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
The abuse or neglect of a child can be caused by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family, in a community or institutional setting, by those known to them or, much more rarely, by a stranger.
If you think that a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed then you must contact Children Services and tell them your concerns. Telephone Children Services on 0345 678 9021 or, if you need to report concerns out of hours, then please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 678 9040.You can also speak to the NSPCC on 0800 800 5000. If you think that a child is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999.
Further information is available on-line at www.safeguardingshropshireschildren.org.uk and leaflets are available at the Much Wenlock Town Council office.