Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children, young people and adults who may be at risk of abuse.

If you are worried about someone:

  • In an emergency, please call: 999
  • If there is no immediate risk, call the police on: 101

If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or young person contact Together for Children on 0191 561 7007 (available 8.30am to 5:15pm Monday - Thursday, 8.30am to 4.45pm Friday)

If you are a member of the public and worried about your own safety or about the safety of someone else, please contact  the Safeguarding Adults team or

Report a safeguarding concerns - members of the public

If you are a professional wishing to report a safeguarding concern, please read the guidance and complete the Safeguarding Adults Concern (SAC) form and visit Report a Safeguarding concern - professionals and volunteers for further information.

Who can contact us?

Anyone can contact us, including:

  • If you're at risk of, or are being abused or neglected
  • Family members
  • Friends and neighbours
  • Someone working for the council; a private, independent or voluntary organisation
  • Members of the public

What will happen next?

  • Anything you tell us will be kept in confidence, but we may need to share certain information to keep you safe.
  • We will listen to your individual circumstances and look at how serious the situation is before deciding how to respond.
  • Our first priority is to ensure you, and any other people who may also be at risk, are safe.
  • We will follow a careful and sensitive process to help decide what to do next.
  • We will work together with all of the relevant organisations and give you information and advice.
  • We may need to investigate or take further action in order to protect you.
  • We can provide an advocate for you and your carer.

If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or young person contact Together for Children on 0191 561 7007 (available 8.30am to 5:15pm Monday - Thursday, 8.30am to 4.45pm Friday)

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