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What is it?

Every adult and child has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect

What could be a safeguarding concern?

  • Physical Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Modern Slavery
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Discrimination
  • Self neglect
  • Psychological
  • Neglect

How to get help?

In our related content section you will find links to agencies who can provide help, they are:-

Essex Adult Safeguarding Board

Essex Child Safeguarding Board

NSPCC (child related abuse)

SERICC (rape and sexual abuse support)

Get safe online


Compass (domestic abuse)

SETDAB (domestic abuse)

Hourglass (older person abuse)

The Salvation Army (Modern Slavery)

Stop the Traffik (Modern Slavery)

Modern Slavery helpline

Essex Police Prevent – Counter Terrorism

Let’s talk about it – Counter Terrorism

In addition, Rochford District Council’s Safeguarding Policy sets out our roles and responsibilities in working together with other professionals and agencies in promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults with needs for care and support and safeguarding them from abuse and neglect.

How to report a concern

If you have any concerns about a child, or adult with needs for care and support you can call Essex County Council - on 0345 603 7627 in regard to a child or 0345 603 7630 in regard to an adult.

Out of hours 0345 606 1212

In an emergency always call 999

What can Rochford District Council do to support you?

If you need any guidance of where to go for help you can contact us on 01702 546366 asking to speak to the Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Lead

For domestic abuse support, use the same number and ask to speak to our Housing Team

For help reporting a Hate Crime/Incident, again use our main contact number 01702 546366 and ask to speak to one of our Hate Crime Ambassadors.

Alternatively you can visit our Hate Crime and hate related incidents page.