This information applies to you if have any contact with children, young people or at risk adults.
This could be through:
- Your employment
- Your role as a volunteer
- Occasional contact, for example as a member of the emergency services or clergy.
- Regular contact, for example as a foster carer, child minder or youth worker.
- Everyone has a duty to report suspicions or disclosures of abuse
- Take disclosures seriously
- Ensure clear reporting and recording
- Inform the appropriate service commissioners or regulatory bodies, for example, the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Dealing with the concern
- Don't confront the alleged perpetrator
- Don't promise to keep secrets, as you may need to share the information
- Show concern but try not to appear shocked, horrified, disgusted or angry
- If a crime is suspected, call the police. Remember evidence may be needed, so ask for advice
Forms and guidance
The forms below are only to be used by professionals and volunteers who want to make a safeguarding referral.
Know your role
Safeguarding Adult Reviews
Sunderland Safeguarding Adult's Procedures
Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board
Together for Children
Adult Safeguarding Individual Agency Guidance and Template
Adult safeguarding Individual Agency Guidance
Protecting information in transit
Self Neglect Guidance
For further advice please contact Health and wellbeing.