Who to contact to report concerns about a child, young person or vulnerable adult:
- If you or a child is in immediate danger you should always phone the Police on 999
- If you are worried about a child, phone the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) on 0808 800 5000
- If you are a child or young person and would like to talk to someone in confidence call ChildLine on 0800 1111
- If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult call the ASKSAL helpline on 08452 66 66 63
- Alternatively, our designated Safeguarding officer can be contacted on 01992 564608
Keeping people safe is everyone's responsibility.
The information on this page is relevant to all members of the wider community. If you would like further information regarding safeguarding please visit the following websites:
The Essex Safeguarding Children's Board website provides access to important safeguarding information, guidance and resources to support a multi-agency approach to promoting better outcomes for children and young people and protecting them from harm and neglect.
The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board website raises awareness and promotes the welfare of adults at risk of abuse through the development of effective inter-agency working. The ESAB consists of representatives from a wide range of public and voluntary services. In conjunction with Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Boards the ESAB is responsible for the development of the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding Adult Guidelines. We work in line with these guidelines.
The Prevent Strategy is part of the Government's counter-terrorism policy. It's not about catching terrorists, it's about identifying people who may be at risk of radicalisation and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them. Let's Talk About It has been created to provide a greater understanding of the support Prevent can offer. It is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
We have several staff who are responsible for safeguarding therefore we have a safeguarding policy. This policy sets out our roles and responsibilities in working together with other professionals and agencies in promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults with needs for care and support and safeguarding them from abuse and neglect:
We also have an accompanying set of safeguarding procedures which outlines how all council staff, contractors, volunteers and Councillors should report safeguarding concerns: