Safeguarding and asking for help



Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, or financial. Around 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives.  Unfortunately, it is known that pregnancy can be a trigger for the start of abuse, or it can worsen existing abuse. Abuse in pregnancy can be harmful to the mother and the baby. We can help you. You can speak to your midwife or any other professional; they can give you the support you need. 

You can also call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247.  

Team Around the Family

Some families require extra support with their lives. If this is the case for you, your midwife will work with other professionals such as a health visitor or school to support you. A Team Around the Family (TAF) is a way of getting everyone together to identify the needs and strengths of your family and identify any extra support you may need.

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From time to time it may be necessary for our maternity team to enlist the support and advice of local social service teams. We will do this to ensure the safety and wellbeing of parents and their unborn or newborn babies. Usually, these referrals are made with the full consent and cooperation of each family.



Safeguarding is a way of protecting people from harm, abuse and neglect. If you are worried about yourself or someone else you can seek support from the below:

If you are worried about a child:

If you are worried about an adult:


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