Are you worried about a Child or Young Person?

Don't wait until you're certain if you have worries about a child. If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of yourself or another child or young person under the age of 18 then please phone Trafford Multi-Agency Referral and Assessment Team (MARAT).

If you think that you or a child  is in immediate danger - don’t delay call the police on 999

MARAT acts as the 'front door' for Trafford's Children and Young People's service. MARAT accepts referrals for children and young people that are deemed to be in need of a certain level of support and undertake child protection enquiries where appropriate.

Call 0161 912 5125 during the working day or 0161 912 2020 if it’s an emergency at night or weekend.

You can submit a referral via email using the Single Agency Referral Form

Once a referral has been accepted an initial assessment will be completed with a view to identifying appropriate services. Depending on the nature of your enquiry or request MARAT will also:

  • Give advice and guidance.
  • Provide information on available services.
  • Put you in contact with other agencies or services which may be of help.
  • Put you in contact with the relevant professional dealing with a family.

Who can contact MARAT?

Anyone can contact MARAT, including parents, carers, young people, professionals, family members.Where required MARAT will provide appropriate services to help people make contact with them for example an interpreter could be provided

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

NSPCC can also help on 0808 800 5000.  They will listen to your concerns, offer advice and support and can take action on your behalf if a child is in danger. This NSPCC youtube video shows what will happen when you call them.


Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you. This Childline youtube video shows what will happen when you contact them.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can contact them in a number of ways: