Report a safeguarding issue
If you think anyone is in immediate danger call 999
Contact the local police if you think a crime has been committed or it is not an emergency.
Contact the local council if you think someone is at risk or is being abused.
If you are worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused, contact the children’s social care team at their local council.
You can also report any safeguarding or abuse to SHP.
What is abuse?
Examples of abuse include:
not caring for someone properly (neglect)
pressuring someone to give away money or property
psychological abuse (e.g. threats, harassment or forcing someone to live somewhere they do not want to)
physical abuse (e.g. violence)
The Sutton Safeguarding Adults Board website provides a range of useful information for people who may experience or be at risk of experiencing abuse, their families, carers, and the public.
Child abuse includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as neglect. You can read more about the signs of child abuse (link to NSPCC).
You need not be sure that a person has been abused to report it - it is okay to report a suspicion. You will be asked for your details when you report a potential safeguarding issue, but you can choose not to share them.
What happens when you report a safeguarding issue
The person who answers your call will decide what to do, for example, they might:
gather more information
ask another organisation to help look into it, e.g. a social worker, the police
tell you what happens next, although they will not be able to give you any confidential information