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- Reporting a Concern, Allegation or Disclosure
- Contact your PSO (Parish Safeguarding Officer)
- Contact the DST (Diocesan Safeguarding Team)
- Contact Safeguarding Organisations/Charities
- Contact your Local Safeguarding Adults Boards
- Contact your Local Safeguarding Children Boards
If you are concerned that a child or adult might be in immediate danger, or requires urgent medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.
To contact your local police station to report a non-emergency crime please call 101.
If you have a safeguarding concern, allegation or disclosure please call the Diocesan Duty number (01245 29 44 44). If we cannot answer your call straight away please leave an answerphone message with your name and phone number so that we can call you back.
The contact details for your PSO (Parish Safeguarding Officer) should be on the A3 Safeguarding poster on your church notice board and also on your parish website.
- If you have a general query/question, and you cannot find the answer on this website, please contact Lynda Saunders and/or Laura Tyler. Please be aware that we are currently running a skeleton service in our office at the moment, due to Covid-19, therefore it is recommended that you contact us via email. We apologies in advance for any delay that you might experience whilst awaiting our response. We appreciate your patience during these challenging times.
- If you have a safeguarding concern/allegation/disclosure please call the Duty Number (01245 29 44 44). If we cannot answer your call straight away please leave an answerphone message with your name and phone number so that we can call you back.
Lynda Saunders - Safeguarding Assistant
Tel: 01245 294490 (Weekdays, Office hours)
Laura Tyler - Safeguarding Administrator
Tel: 01245 294438 (Tuesdays & Fridays 9:30am-3pm)
Liam Sainsbury - Safeguarding Case Worker
Tel: 01245 294479 (Weekdays, Office hours)
Danielle Law - Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Tel: 01245 294472 (Weekdays, Office hours)
Amanda Goh - Safeguarding Manager & DSA (Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor)
Tel: 01245 294457 (Weekdays, Office hours)
Address: The DST, Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AT
Action on Elder Abuse
UK Charity addressing elder abuse within people's own homes (whether by family, friends or paid staff), within sheltered housing, and within care homes and hospitals< br/> www.elderabuse.org.uk
Tel: 0808 808 8141
Anne Craft Trust
Supporting organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise risk of harm
Tel: 0115 9515 400
Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse
CARA is a confidential support service for women and young people who have been raped, sexually abused or assaulted either recently or in the past by a stranger, friend or family member.
Tel: 01206 769795
Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Tel: 0870 000 3344
Helpline for children
Tel: 0800 1111
A single point of access helpline to support victims of domestic abuse across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.
Tel: 0330 333 7444
Charity that you can contact anonymously with information about crime
Tel: 0800 555 111
Eighteen and under
Offers confidential support and information to any young person aged 18 and under who has experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse.
Tel: 0800 731 40 80
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
Home Safety Team: Trained officers will visit the home of anyone living in Essex and offer advice based on individual needs.
Tel: 0300 303 0088
Checklist for Person-Centred Home Safety Risk Assessment
Essex Police: Child sexual exploitation
For anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation and concerns about young people being exploited.
Tel: 01245 452058 (This hotline is open Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm and you can leave a voicemail outside of these hours. You can speak to Essex Police directly about your concerns and they’ll be on hand to offer advice and take reports that help them investigate crimes).
In an emergency always dial 999
Essex Police: Domestic Abuse Central Referral Unit (CRU)
You don’t have to be experiencing domestic abuse yourself to report it. You can call if you’re worried about a friend, relative, colleague or neighbour.
Tel: 101 extension 180340 (CRU)
Tel: 0800 358 0351 (dedicated domestic abuse non-emergency number)
In an emergency always dial 999
The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans*) & anti-violence charity that supports those that have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
Tel: 0800 999 5428
The Havens are centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months.
Tel: 020 3299 1599 (general enquiries and non-urgent information)
Tel: 020 3299 6900 (This urgent advice/appointments number is for you if you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted recently and you need first-time support or advice, or an appointment in the next few hours for a forensic medical examination.)
UK-wide charity solely dedicated to supporting people affected by hoarding behaviours.
Tel: 020 3239 1600 (10:00-17:00 Monday-Friday)
UK charity committed to keeping children safe from harm or abuse
Tel: 0845 120 520
London Fire Brigade
If you know someone who lives in home that has become hoarded and you are concerned book a home fire safety visit.
Tel: 0800 028 4428
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
A UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. Working with entire families that have been affected by sexual abuse including: young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; adult male and female sexual abusers; victims of abuse and other family members.
Tel: 0808 1000 900 (Stop it Now! Helpline)
Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors
Tel: 08088 01 03 40
Charity that offers support, advice and counselling for male victims of sexual abuse, assault, rape or violence
Tel: 01823 334244
Men’s Advice Line
A confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members)
Tel: 0808 801 0327
Modern Slavery Helpline
The UK Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre provides victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses access to information and support on a 24/7 basis.
Tel: 0800 0121 700
Supports all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused
Tel: 0800 980 1958
National Association of People Abused in Childhood. Charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse
Tel: 0808 801 0331
National Domestic Violence Helpline
Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf
Tel: 0808 2000 247
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Tel: 0808 800 5000
NSPCC FGM (Female genital mutilation) Helpline
Call the FGM helpline if you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM. It's free and anonymous.
Tel: 0800 028 3550
NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line
The Whistleblowing Advice Line offers free advice and support to professionals with concerns about how child protection issues are being handled in their own or another organisation.
Tel: 0800 028 0285
Rape and Sexual Assault Abuse Support Centre
Provides a national helpline for female and male survivors, partners, friends and family.
Tel: 0800 802 9999
Rape Crisis England & Wales
How to get help if you've experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any kind of sexual violence
Tel: 0808 802 9999
Providing a range of services for abused women and children
Tel: 0808 2000 247
A confidential helpline for perpetrators of domestic violence looking for help to stop
Tel: 0808 802 4040
To lessen the effect of trauma and abuse on people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters.
Tel: 0207 383 0700
Metropolitan Police website for young people and adults alike, giving advice and support on all forms of online abuse. From cyberbullying and sexting to social media stalking and online grooming.
An independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by all forms of Domestic Abuse
Tel: 03301 025811
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides support for anyone who suspects that they, or someone they have come across, might be a victim of modern slavery in need of help.
Tel: 0300 3038 151 (confidential Referral Helpline)
Charity you can talk to off the record about whatever’s getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal to call the Samaritans
Tel: 116 123
South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC)
SERICC is a charity that provides specialist services any individual who has or who is experiencing any form of sexual violence at any time in their life. You can also phone if you are worried about your child, someone else in your family, or someone you know.
Tel: 01375 381322
Help for anyone who wants to prevent abuse - including if you are worried about your own actions
Tel: 0808 100 0900
The Survivors Trust
TST is a national umbrella agency working with women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
Tel: 0808 801 0818
To help sexually abused men as well as their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened.
An independent charity that provides free and confidential support to help people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.
Tel: 0845 456 5995
Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Tel: 0808 2000 247
Women and Girls’ Network (WGN)
A free, women-only service that supports women in London who have experienced violence, or are at risk of violence.
Tel: 0808 801 0660 (Practical advice and support)
Tel: 0808 801 0770 (Sexual violence helpline)
If you are reporting a concern about someone that does NOT hold a role volunteering/working with children and/or adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect* please contact the relevant Local Safeguarding Adults Board as soon as possible:
* The Care and Support Statutory Guidance issued under the Care Act 2014 (14.2) by the Department of Health replaces the previously used term ‘vulnerable adult’ with ‘adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect’. A ‘vulnerable adult’ as a person aged 18 or over whose ability to protect himself or herself from violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation is significantly impaired through physical or mental disability or illness, old age, emotional fragility or distress, or otherwise; and for that purpose, the reference to being impaired is to being temporarily or indefinitely impaired.
- Barking & Dagenham: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
- Essex: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
- Havering: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
- Newham: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
- Redbridge: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
- Southend: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
- Thurrock: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
- Waltham Forest: Local Safeguarding Adults Board
If you are reporting a concern about someone that does NOT hold a role volunteering/working with children and/or adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect* please contact the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board as soon as possible:
* A child is a person under 18 years of age.
- Barking & Dagenham: Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Essex: Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Havering: Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Newham: Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Redbridge: Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Southend: Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Thurrock: Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Waltham Forest: Local Safeguarding Children Board
Tel: 0208 594 8356 (Emergency Duty Team - Out of hours)