You want to know that your children are safe and developing well. The vast majority of people that you will meet also want the same as you for your and other children. However occasionally children get into difficulty because of what other people are doing to them or with them or occasionally because they follow a course of behaviour that is not safe.
Children, in order to thrive, need kind and caring adults who can respond to their needs, help them with boundaries and give them advice when needed.
If they live in homes where there is domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse or severe untreated mental ill health their chances of growing up well is diminished.
Similarly internet and real world bullying, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and forced marriage, are significant issues that harm children.
If you are worried about any of these issues please see the subsections.