Reporting a safeguarding concern

Information for people reporting a safeguarding situation.

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay. Remember the safeguarding team is here to help and would like to support you in your role.

If the concern is not an emergency, please contact your parish safeguarding officer as soon as possible. Their details should be displayed on your church noticeboard, website and on A Church Near You.

Support for different people may be accessed here.

  • Safe Spaces 
  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Hourglass Helpline, (who seek to end the harm, abuse, and exploitation of older people in the UK): 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

Gloucestershire has some specific local services that may be able to support:

Contacts for local authorities

South Gloucestershire