Children, young people and families

Worried about yourself or another young person?

Safeguarding children and young people and keeping them safe is everyone’s business.

If you are a child or young person and need help, you should speak to a trusted adult or a professional you already know.

If you think that a child might be the victim of abuse or neglect or they may be at risk of harm, you should always report your concerns.

Please contact North Lincolnshire’s Children’s Services Single Point of Contact on:

  • 01724 296500 (9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm Friday)
  • 08081 689667 (free phone)
  • 01724 296555 (answerphone – out of office hours and at weekends)

101 – Police non-emergency

999 – Police emergency

You can also read the government advice for practitioners What to do if you are worried a child is being abused, this leaflet will also be helpful to the members of the public who are worried about a child.

Information and Advice

If you’re a child or young person and you have any issues or concerns, you can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit

Information and advice is also available online about particular issues, for example:

  • Not In Our Community – protection against grooming and child sexual exploitation –
  • Life Central – central local resource for information and advice about emotional wellbeing –
  • SEND Local Offer website – The local offer website provides information on the support and provision available locally for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • You can get access to online counselling and advice on emotional wellbeing on the Kooth Website

Further information, advice and self-help is available on the resources page.

Keeping children and families safe

For advice, support and to find out what to do if you are worried about a child, North Lincolnshire Council has put together a handy guide on keeping children and families safe.

A poster has been developed which signposts families to local support in English, Polish, Bengali, Portuguese, Kurdish and Punjabi.

Information is also available on their website in relation to the Early Help Offer, Children’s Centres and activities for children and young people on the support for children and families page and services to children page.

The below leaflets have been developed to signpost children, young people and families to support during the COVID-19 period.

Missing Children

The below leaflet provides guidance for parents and carers around what to do when their child goes missing. It also gives advice on what to do and how to react when they return home.

Not in Our Community – Missed Me?

Missed Me? is based on real life events and shows the different ways that children and young people can be pushed and pulled into situations of great risk and episodes of going missing.

Missed Me? has been created to help raise awareness of the reasons behind young people going missing and present them as victims rather than perpetrators of crime or the cause of situations including sexual and criminal exploitation.

Watch Missed Me? on Not in Our Community’s YouTube channel

Not in Our Community – Anywhere Kids

Delivered as a collaboration with the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership, Anywhere Kids is an animation created by My Pockets which demonstrates the consequences around being groomed and exploited.

‘Anywhere Kids’ uses aspects of real stories from real victims in our area to tell the story of how young people are groomed, coerced and trapped into exploitation such as drug dealing, forced criminality and sexual exploitation, and seeks to open a dialogue with younger children about some of the dangers they may face online or in person and how they might protect themselves from being targeted by exploiters and organised criminal gangs.

Watch Anywhere Kids on Not in Our Community’s YouTube channel

Not in Our Community – Trapped

Trapped is a short film produced in Scunthorpe about events leading up to and following the near fatal stabbing of a young boy involved in a drug dealing operation. A researcher interviews five characters to try to understand why a drug related stabbing left a boy with lifechanging injuries. As the interviewer delves into the backstory of two boys and a girl we learn about the push and pull factors that lead to them becoming involved in drugs and child exploitation.

Watch Trapped on Not in Our Community’s YouTube channel

Trapped lesson plan – this lesson plan provides examples of icebreaker activities to introduce young people to the topic of grooming and exploitation.

Online Safety

Gurls Out Loud is a resource for young girls which aims to encourage them to block, report and tell someone if an adult tries to engage with them via the internet

TALK Checklist by Internet Watch Foundation –  The TALK checklist is for parents/carers to use when they are worried about their child’s internet use. The website contains practical advice on how to have the conversation with the young person.

Their parents and carers guide helps parents know what to look out for, what to do and how to protect their child.

ICON programme

The ICON programme has been developed to help parents, carers and families understand that increased crying between 2 weeks and 6-8 weeks of age is normal and helps families cope with a crying baby. It also raises awareness of the dangers of a baby being shaken, something that can be triggered by a baby crying, and the devastating injuries this can cause sometimes resulting in death.

The ICON website provides further advice for both parents and professionals working with children and families.

ICON Resources

Additional resources for professionals are available on the Resources page.

Private Fostering

The law requires you to notify North Lincolnshire Council six weeks prior to:

  • Your child going to stay with someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more; or
  • You looking after someone else’s child for 28 days or more

You are also required to notify the council if you know of someone in a personal or professional capacity that is privately fostering a child or young person.

For further advice and support please contact North Lincolnshire Fostering Service on 01724 297024

Voice and Engagement

Voice, engagement activity, co-production and working collaboratively with children and young people’s perceptions, aspirations and skills is an area of strength in North Lincolnshire.  Building on this strong foundation, safeguarding partners and agencies remain committed to engaging with children, young people and families at an individual, service and strategic level.  We work with established groups and forums and there are different mechanisms for young people to have their say.  Examples include:

  • Square Table Event – March 2019 – to consider young people issues as part of the wider children’s planning arrangements and Children’s MARs arrangements and opportunities for co-production – emerging themes and discussion points
  • Elected Home Education Event – November 2019 – members of the Children’s MARS team attended this event to gather the views of children, young people and families who are home educated. This was an opportunity to engage with those whose views may not be easily accessible through traditional forums.