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Safeguarding children and adults

Protecting vulnerable children and adults from abuse

Abuse is behaviour that can lead to harm or distress; for example hitting, pushing, bullying, stealing, neglect, or sexual activity without consent. It can happen to men, women and children, and in many different places. It can be carried out by many different people, but it's often someone known and trusted.

Abuse is wrong and should not happen.

Remember

The welfare of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect is the primary concern. All children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect have the right to protection from abuse or exploitation. It is the responsibility of child protection agencies to determine whether or not a child has been abused. It is our responsibility to report any concerns we have to the appropriate authority.

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board brings together representatives of each of the main agencies and professionals responsible for promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people in Derbyshire. More information about the Board can be found on their website.

Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board brings together representatives of key agencies to make sure that local safeguarding arrangements help and protect adults throughout Derbyshire. More information about the Board can be found on their website.

If you feel that anyone, a child or an adult is at immediate risk of harm call 999

If you believe that any child is in danger ring Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 choosing the option for urgent child protection calls at any time or contact the police by ringing their call centre number 101 (24 hours).

If you are concerned that an adult is at risk of abuse and neglect may be experiencing, or be at risk of, abuse or neglect please tel: 999 in an emergency. If you would like to discuss your concerns please contact Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190.

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141
Care Quality Commission (CQC) 03000 616 161