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Child abuse

  • Children, young people and families

What is child abuse?

Child abuse can happen to a child at any age and from any background and is unacceptable whatever the child's cultural or ethnic origin. Child abuse causes long-term, sometimes permanent damage and children who are being abused may show their distress in many ways, such as appearing angry or withdrawn.

The types of child abuse page gives information about the main forms of abuse and some of the possible signs and symptoms.

What to do if you have a concern about child abuse

If you have any concerns that a child or an unborn baby might be being harmed you must contact us. All calls are taken seriously and will be treated in confidence.

Barnet Council's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) deal with concerns about child abuse and can be contacted by calling 020 8359 4066 .

Further information about what to do if you are worried about a child being abused is given in the Government's leaflet which can be downloaded from this page.



  • Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 4066
  • FAX: 0871 594 8766
  • Email: mash@barnet.gov.uk

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