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Safeguarding - Help and support

If you think a child, young person or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm you should call Essex Police on 999

How to report safeguarding concerns:

Risk / Concern

Who to tell

Child under 18:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Criminal Exploitation
  • Modern Slavery and Human trafficking
  • Domestic abuse
  • Honour based abuse

Essex County Council Children and Families Hub - 0345 603 7627

Essex Police - 101


Adult with care and support needs*:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Institutional abuse
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Neglect
  • Self neglect


Essex County Council Social Care Direct - 0345 603 7630

Essex Police - 101



  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Domestic abuse
  • Honour based abuse

Modern Slavery Helpline - 08000 121 700

Essex Police - 101

* An adult with care and support needs is defined as any person aged 18 or over who:

  • Has needs for care and support
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, abuse or neglect AND
  • As a result of those needs is unable to protect themselves against the abuse, neglect or risk of it

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence:


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Safeguarding Children see:

The Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, also known as Sarah's Law or Right to Ask,  has been introduced in Essex to provide parents, guardians and carers with information to help them safeguard their children's safety and welfare.  For further information or to request a disclosure, visit Essex Police - Registered child sex offender data: Sarah's Law (opens new window).

Safeguarding Adults see:

Internet Safety Advice see:

Support for Rape and Sexual Violence victims see:

Stalking and Harassment see:

Modern Slavery see:

Forced Marriage see:

Domestic Abuse see: