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 using this online form.
Report a safeguarding concern - members of the public
Other ways to report a safeguarding concern.
You can call us on 0191 520 5552.
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 - information for 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.