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Report a Safeguarding concern - professionals and volunteers

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.


Related links

Know your role

Safeguarding Adult Reviews


External links

Sunderland Safeguarding Adult's Procedures

Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

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.

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