Report a Serious Concern about a Child (MARF)

If you are a member of the public and are worried about a child please call us on 020 8227 3811, or if a child is at risk of immediate harm call the police on 999.   

Types of abuse 

  • Physical abuse - this may include hitting, shaking, poisoning, burning, scalding or anything that causes physical harm to a child 

  • Sexual abuse and exploitation - this may include forcing, enticing or grooming a child to take part in sexual activities either physically or online 

  • Emotional abuse - this may include verbal abuse, bullying or making a child feel ashamed, humiliated or unwanted 

  • Neglect - this may include children being left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care     

  • Gangs, county lines and criminal activity - this includes being involved with or on the edges of gangs, victims of violence, or those experiencing pressure to steal, carry weapons or drugs and other criminal activity 

If you have concerns that a child is experiencing abuse or neglect you have a duty to take action. 


For professionals to report a concern please use this link:

Report a serious concern about a child (MARF) for professionals