Safeguarding and protecting children and adults
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Adur & Worthing Councils are committed to promoting the wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk and protecting them from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment.
We aim to ensure that any concerns about neglect or emotional, physical or sexual abuse are reported appropriately. We will also report any concerns known or believed to be indicative of child sexual exploitation, which is when a child is sexually exploited for money, power or status. Any concerns of risk will be passed on to:
- West Sussex Children's Access Point - on the WSCC website
- West Sussex Adult Services - on the WSCC website
What to do if you, or someone you know, is at risk
If you or someone you know is at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect please tell someone.
In an emergency, when you or someone else is in immediate danger, please phone the police on 999.
- If you are concerned about a child or young person:
please contact West Sussex Children's Access Point - on the WSCC website
- If you are concerned about an adult at risk:
please report it to West Sussex Adults' CarePoint team - on the WSCC website
- If you are a child or young person and are experiencing abuse or neglect:
but are worried about reporting it, try to talk to an adult you feel comfortable with. This might be a family member, or someone outside your family who you trust, such as a teacher or doctor. Or you can contact Childline and speak to one of their counsellors over the phone or online.
Find out more on the: Childline website
- Child sexual exploitation - on the NSPCC website
- West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership website
Page last updated: 08 February 2023