Child protection

Newport City Council gives the highest priority to protecting vulnerable children.

If you have any concerns about a child please telephone (01633) 656656 or the emergency contact team on 0800 328 4432

Where there is evidence that a child is at risk of harm, the children and family services team will make an assessment and investigation and take appropriate action when the evidence justifies it. 

The Newport Safeguarding Children Board brings together partners including social care, health, education, police, probation and the voluntary sector.

All agencies are expected to take any actions needed to safeguard children and promote their welfare.

Report a concern

If you have any concerns about a child please report them to the social service duty officer on (01633) 656656 or the emergency contact team on 0800 328 4432

Child protection conferences

When there are concerns, everyone involved shares their information in a child protection conference and a decision will made whether to add the child's name to the Child Protection Register.

Child Protection Register

Newport City Council keeps a Child Protection Register in line with government guidance.

The register is a database of children confirmed as at risk of significant harm and is kept very securely with only authorised staff able to see the information.

All children whose names are on the register should have a qualified social worker who will oversee any work that the conference has recommended.

Regular meetings with parents and professionals involved with the family, held between child protection review conferences, make sure that a child protection plan is implemented.

Advocacy services

If your child is looked after or is on the child protection register they have the right to an advocate who may speak for them at meetings.

This service is run by Be Heard (Tros Gynnal) which has a free telephone advice service for children on freephone 0800 234 6408

Data protection and confidentiality

Information on your child’s file will not usually be shared with any other agency without your consent.

As we work closely with colleagues in health and education we will usually ask for this consent as it will help to ensure that your child gets the best service available.

Under the Data Protection Act you or your child may have access to your case file within certain limits.

Child Protection Review Conferences

If a child's name is on the register there will be regular Child Protection Review Conferences to decide whether the child should stay on the register or not. The conference may recommend further work depending on the registration.