Gateshead Safeguarding

Safeguarding children is everyone’s concern 

Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: 

  • protecting children from maltreatment  child_lost_a_loved_one.jpg
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development  
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care  
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes 

If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police or call an ambulance on Telephone icon.jpg 999. There are numerous ways to report concerns about a child. Information on how to report both emergency and non-emergency abuse and neglect of a child is provided here. 

As a concerned member of the public, if you suspect or believe a child is suffering or is likely to suffer Significant Harm, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, you should report your concerns. Any referral will be treated in the strictest confidence 

Gateshead local hub information

The Emergency Duty Team will help with personal or family problems that reach a crisis at these times. All calls go through to the Gateshead Care Call Service where a telephone operator takes all the calls. This service is the contact point for all council services out of hours. If the phone isn't answered straightaway, please be patient as they will be dealing with another call. 

In an emergency always call  Telephone icon.jpg 999. 

Worried about a child in Gateshead? - Gateshead Council 

Safeguarding Board

 website icon.png Safeguarding in Gateshead - Gateshead Safeguarding Children Partnership 


Phone Gateshead Council's Children's Services (in confidence) on:  

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

Telephone icon.jpg   0191 433 2653

Out of hours, at night, at weekends and bank holidays

Telephone icon.jpg  0191 477 0844


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