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
- If you think someone is at risk of abuse, or has been abused, you will need to complete the relevant referral form.
- Safeguarding Adults Concern (SAC) Form - after extensive consultation, this new form has been produced for professionals to use as from 1 April 2017 to notify the Local Authority of a concern of suspected abuse and/or neglect. The SAC form replaces the Sunderland Safeguarding Enquiry Referral Form (SERF) and is the effective and only form that should be used after 1 April 2017. See also the new Safeguarding Adults Concern (SAC) Form Guidance and revised Safeguarding Adults - Threshold Guidance Risk Assessment Tool.
- The children's referral form is available from Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP).
- Ensure you have access to the safeguarding procedures for both children and adults from the respective safeguarding boards.
The forms below are only to be used by professionals and volunteers who want to make a safeguarding referral.
For further advice please contact Health and wellbeing.