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Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults


Safeguarding is the process of protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect.


Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Everyone – regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual orientation - has the right to protection from abuse and harm.


We have a moral and legal responsibility to put robust procedures in place and a duty of care to children and vulnerable adults, to help protect them from abuse.


What is abuse and neglect?


Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child or vulnerable adult. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child or vulnerable adult by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.


Children and vulnerable adults may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting; by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger for example via the internet. They may be also be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.



What if I have a concern?


If you are concerned about a child, young person or vulnerable adult you must use the contact numbers below:


Concerns about a child or young person:

First Response   0800 1313126

Out of hours      0845 6042886


Concerns about a vulnerable adult:

0845 6042719


If a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger you must call the emergency services 999 or Staffordshire Police 101


Click here to view South Staffordshire Council's Children and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy.  



Staffordshire Safeguarding Childrens Board provides information on safeguarding for children and young people, parents, carers and professionals.


SSCB Priorities 2015-2018

The following SSCB strategic priorities for 2015-2018 have been agreed by the Board and will be actively driven forward over the next 3 years through the activity set out in the respective LSCB Business plans (see below). They are aimed at promoting a shared understanding of national legislation and best practice to promote coordinated and cohesive approaches to strategic and operation service delivery in respect of


•        Children who are vulnerable to sexual abuse;

•        Children who are experiencing neglect as a result of parental substance misuse, domestic abuse and parental mental ill health (when all 3 exist together this is known as the toxic trio and are viewed as indicators of increased harm to children)


In addition, the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board and Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board are supporting the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board (SSASPB) who are looking at transition arrangements for those vulnerable children reaching 18 and who therefore moving from children to adult services. Please click here to visit their website.



Click here for information concerning the Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership



Barnardo’s and Staffordshire County Council have created a new service aimed at supporting the emotional well-being of young people between the ages of eleven and eighteen. This is in response to the number of young people experiencing issues such as bullying, cyber bullying, eating disorders, bereavement and loss, family separation, fear and worries, anger management etc.

Young people can use the anonymous and confidential service in three ways:

Log onto Upside to gain access to fact sheets or be signposted to other websites

Email in specific questions and receive a reply within 48 hrs

Access a live chat room between 6.00pm-8.00pm














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