Worried about someone?
Report a safeguarding concern
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.
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.