Southern Health 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:
To raise an alert with Social Services:
For members of the public: 0845 603 5620
Out of office hours: 0845 600 4555
For all referrals: 0845 603 5630
Contact the Police: Hampshire Constabulary
Out of Hours:
Tel. 023 8023 3344
Contact the Police:
If you or a child or another adult is in immediate danger or requiring emergency services then dial 999.
- Emotional/Psychological (including verbal abuse)
- Financial or material
- 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.
Are you experiencing domestic violence? Do you know of someone who is experiencing abuse and may need help and support?
These website and support lines can help:
- 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- Hampshire Domestic abuse partnership: 03300 165 112
- Hampshire police domestic abuse support
Domestic Violence Assist -Specialises in assistance to obtain emergency injunctions from being further abused.Phone: 0800 195 8699
National Centre for Domestic Violence - Specialises in assistance to get emergency injunctions from being further abused. Phone: 0800 970 2070
Women’s Aid Domestic Violence Helpline - Free 24-hour national helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge. Phone: 0808 2000 247
Hourglass - The Hourglass confidential helpline provides information and support to anyone concerned about harm, abuse or exploitation of an older person. Phone: 0808 808 8141
Men’s Advice Line - Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse. Phone: 0808 801 0327
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline - Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people. Phone: 0800 999 5428
National Stalking Helpline - Guidance on the law, how to report stalking, gathering evidence, staying safe and reducing the risk. Phone: 0808 802 0300
Victim Support - Free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family and friends. Phone: 0808 1689 111
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) 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