How to Report a Safeguarding Concern

Safeguarding Adults

Rochford District Council (RDC) believes that all adults with care and support needs in the District have the right to be safe from harm and deserve the opportunity to fulfil their full potential.

RDC recognises the role and responsibilities it has in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults, including the contribution it must make to working together with other agencies to ensure the well-being of people with care and support needs in the Rochford District.

RDC works in line with the Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding Adults Guidelines.  These guidelines can be found on the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) website.

RDC has a Designated Lead Safeguarding Officer that leads on this important area of work as well as it's own Safeguarding Policy.

The Council has appropriate internal procedures to deal with safeguarding concerns and works hard to ensure that its workforce is suitably trained in safeguarding matters.

Furthermore, the Council operates safer recruitment procedures to ensure that only the most suitable people are employed to work with adults who have care and support needs.

Report a concern

If you are concerned about the immediate safety of an adult with care and support needs:

    Call Essex Police using the 999 emergency number.

If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult and would like to report your concern:

    Call Essex County Council Adult Social Care on 0345 603 7630 (Out of office hours - 0345 606 1212)
    Call RDC’s Safeguarding Officer on 01702 546 366 and say you wish to report a concern, you will put through to someone who can assist you (Anonymous reporting - Please note  that RDC is unable to process any concerns about the welfare of an adult which has been made anonymously)
   

Help and support

For more information and advice about safeguarding adults see the links in Related Content on this page.   

Safeguarding Children and Young People

Rochford District Council believes that all children in the District have the right to be safe from harm and deserve the opportunity to fulfil their full potential.

Rochford District Council (RDC) recognises the role and responsibilities it has in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including the contribution it must make to working together with other agencies to ensure the well-being of the children in the Rochford District.

RDC works in line with the Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Child Protection Procedures.  These procedures can be found on the Essex Safeguarding Children's Board (ESCB) website.

Whilst RDC does not have a statutory responsibility for child protection (this lies with Essex County Council) it is obliged to perform certain functions that will help safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the area.

Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 sets out duties for the responsible local authority (Essex County Council) around making enquiries in certain circumstances to decide whether it should take any action to safeguard or promote the welfare of a child. RDC has a duty to assist the responsible local authority in making these enquiries.

Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 states that each local authority must make arrangements to promote co-operation between the authority and its partners and any other relevant persons or bodies working with children in the area. Section 11 of this Act requires a range of organisations (including district councils) to ensure that their functions, and services provided on their behalf, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  Section 13 of the Act requires a range of organisations, including RDC, to participate in Local Safeguarding Boards.

RDC has a Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer (Assistant Director for Communities and Housing) who leads on this important area of work and a Deputy Lead Officer who supports this work.  RDC also has its own Safeguarding Policy.

The Council has appropriate internal procedures to deal with safeguarding concerns and works hard to ensure that its workforce is suitably trained in safeguarding matters.

Furthermore, the Council operates safer recruitment procedures to ensure that only the most suitable people are employed to work with children.

Report a concern

If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child or young person:

    Call the police using the 999 emergency number.

If you are a child or young person and would like to talk to someone in confidence:

    Call Childline on 0800 1111

If you would like help and/or advice or wish to speak to someone anonymously about concerns for a particular child:

    Call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000

If you would like to report or discuss your concern about a vulnerable child or young person:

    Call Essex County Council - Children's Social Care on 0345 603 7627 (Out of office hours - 0345 606 1212)

Call Rochford District Council's Safeguarding Officer on 01702 546 366 and say you wish to report a concern, you will put through to someone who can assist you (Anonymous reporting - Please note that RDC is unable to process any concerns about the welfare of a child which has been made anonymously).

Help and support

For more information and advice about safeguarding vulnerable children and young people see the links in Related Content on this page.