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Report a concern about a child

If you have concerns about a child’s welfare, or feel that they may be being abused or neglected, please call the Integrated Access and Referral Team (i-ART) or the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) for help and advice. Alternatively you can call the police.

  • Telephone: i-ART -  0300 123 7047

The team can be contacted 8.30am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm on Friday.

If you have an urgent concern outside these hours, or over a bank holiday, please call the Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) on 01244 977277

Alternatively call Cheshire Police: 0845 458 0000/01244 350000  (999 in an emergency)

You should contact us if you feel that:

  • A child needs protection (if you feel that a child is suffering harm, neglect, or abuse, we can investigate and act to protect the child.
  • A family is under stress: we can offer support and advice and help families access support from other services.
  • A child is seriously ill or disabled: we can arrange an assessment of the child and families’ needs and provide support.

Please be assured that your referral will be treated in strictest confidence. Remember, your call could mean the start of getting the right help to a family and may even save a child's life.

Professional referrals

If you are a professional or practitioner please use the form below.


The following leaflets provide more information about the Integrated Access and Referral Team:

The Privacy Notice

The Council Privacy Notice provides information about how agencies in West Cheshire may use personal information. All agencies have to tell people how they might use personal information and give the choice to say yes or no to using the information.

Further information

Further information can be found on the West Cheshire Local Safeguarding Children Board website.

Together we can tackle child abuse

The Council is supporting the national 'Together, we can tackle child abuse' campaign which has been launched by the Department for Education - further information about the campaign is available below.

Information is also available from the websites below. 

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