We all have a responsibility to protect children and young
people from harm.
Cheshire Police treat any reports they receive
regarding the safety of a child/young person very
The Paedophile Unit was set up in the mid 1990s to deal
with cases of child abuse in children's homes in Cheshire,
dating back to the 1960s. Units like this strive to ensure that any
investigations involving children and young people
are always carried out sensitively,
thoroughly and professionally.
Focusing on arresting the offender and offering support,
reassurance and help to the victim and their family.
The police will also we assisted by the Strategic Public
Protection Unit (SPPU), who will offer further support and guidance
during these horrific investigations.
Further advice and information
Information about child abuse and signs that people should look
for if they suspect a child might be being abused. The page also
tells you how to report child abuse and how the police deal with
This section gives you information about bullying and signs
that people should look for if they suspect a child
might be being bullied.
This section gives you information about keeping children safe
on the internet and how to reduce the risks of children being
exploited over the internet.
This section gives you information about the Safer Schools
Partnership programme which aims to reduce the level of anti-social
behaviour and crime in schools.
This section explains what this scheme is, and how people can
become involved in the scheme.
SHARP - School Help and Reporting Page
Research suggests that most incidents at schools and in the
local community are simply never reported and yet are common
knowledge on the school yard.
The main ethos of SHARP is to give the youth of today a means of
communication, by allowing young people to communicate with
authority at a time and place of their choosing, and with
It is also designed not to criminalise “kids for being kids” but
to change their behaviour through a number of methods under the
three main themes – Prevention, Education and Enforcement.
The core function of the system is a School confidential
reporting system which supplements and works along side existing
school reporting procedures and policies but uses modern
communication tools as research discovered that most youths of
today preferred to use all forms of modern communication tools to
talk to family and friends on a daily basis – i.e. the internet and
mobile phones, instead of ‘old fashioned face to face’
conversation. It is a 24/7 365 days a year, multi functional
computer based system covering confidential school reporting of
incidents in school and the local community.
It has the additional benefits of being an educational tool,
information / intelligence gathering tool, communication tool and
also a measuring tool. SHARP is now installed within many of our
schools right across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.
Cheshire Constabulary are also running a SHARP system
www.cheshire.thesharpsystem.com which works along side the schools
that have the system, but also offers the same service/provision to
those young people and communities that are not able to access this
through their own community school.