Concerned about a child or young person? Call 0345 603 7627

Reporting Concerns


If a child is in immediate danger, dial 999 and ask to speak to police.


The Police - If you have concerns about child exploitation, you can report them online at where you can also speak to an online Live Chat operator on weekdays between 10am and 9pm. Alternatively, you can ring 101.


Essex Police child exploitation hotline - for parents, carers and members of the public to seek advice around concerns they may have about their own or other children with regards to criminal and sexual exploitation: 01245 452058.


Crimestoppers - You can report concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or


CEOP - You can report online abuse through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) website or the Internet Watch Foundation


Social care - If you are concerned about a child in Essex, call Children & Families Hub (Social Care): 0345 603 7627 or 0345 606 1212 (out of hours). 


If you are concerned about a child in Southend, call 01702 215007 or 0345 606 1212 (out of hours).


If you are concerned about a child in Thurrock, call 01375 652 802 or 01375 372 468 (out of hours).


The Lucy Faithfull Foundation - Stop It Now! Child sexual abuse helpline - The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. This is a helpline for anyone worried about their own, or another person’s (adult or child) sexual behaviour or sexual interests. 


Report, Remove Tool - You can report a nude image or video using Childline's Report Remove tool