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Safeguarding Children and Adults

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is committed to protecting the rights of children and adults to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.  In order to work effectively to safeguard service users, Southern Health works closely with social services, and other partner agencies to help children and adults remain safe.

Local Authorities have legal duties to protect children or adults with care and support needs from abuse or neglect. If you are concerned about yourself, or a child or an adult who may be vulnerable to abuse or neglect that has been harmed or is at risk of harm or neglect please follow the links below to find out how to make a referral in your area:

Raise an Alert with Social Services:
Children's Services  
Adult Services
Contact the Police:
Hampshire Constabulary

Non-Emergency: 101

Emergency: 999

If you or a child or another adult is in immediate danger or requiring emergency services then dial 999

Types of Abuse:

  • Physical  
  • Sexual    
  • Neglect                                 
  • Emotional/Psychological (including verbal abuse)
  • Financial or material   
  • Discriminatory
  • Domestic abuse
  • Institutional abuse, Professional abuse
  • Cyber abuse

This is not an exhaustive list and different types of abuse may occur simultaneously. Many types of abuse are also criminal offences.

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Are you experiencing domestic violence?

Do you know of someone who is experiencing abuse and may need help and support?

24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline0808 2000 247

Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is the term used to encompass slavery, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. It is a complex international crime which remains largely hidden. Victims can be men and women and children of all nationalities, including UK nationals.

If you need help or want to report a suspicion please the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700

If the child or adult is in immediate danger or requiring emergency services then dial 999

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.

There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.

Worried about FGM?

Call the FGM helpline if you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM. It's free, anonymous and we're here 24/7. 0800 028 3550

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