With the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing we need to continue to help keep adults at risk safe from abuse and neglect and to share up to date information with the public and professionals.
A number of national safeguarding themes and issues have emerged as a result of the current situation, such as domestic abuse and fraud. We highlighted these, and the guidance and support that is available for anyone both locally and nationally who is experiencing or who has experienced domestic abuse or been the victim of fraud. in our initial update.
The Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Adults Board (BHSAB) and the Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (BHSCP) continue to have significant concerns that much of this abuse may be hidden, particularly with people currently living in isolation and perhaps with the perpetrators of abuse. In this update we have sought to expand upon the information previously provided and the services and support being provided both locally and nationally.
We ask everyone – the public, volunteers and professionals from all sectors – to be particularly vigilant in identifying and reporting any concerns if you feel that an adult or child is at risk or is experiencing abuse or neglect.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult in Brighton then please contact Access Point at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/adult-social-care or by calling 01273 295555, or emailing AccessPoint@brighton-hove.gov.uk
If you have concerns about a child of family in Brighton then please contact Front Door for Families at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/front-door-families or by calling 01273 290400.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult who is in East Sussex then please call 0345 60 80 191 or if it is in relation to a child or family then please call 01323 464222. If you have a safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult in West Sussex then please contact Adult Social Care or if it is in relation to a child or family then please contact Children and Families.
Local Authorities are continuing to follow-up safeguarding concerns and undertake enquiries during the Coronavirus pandemic so if you have a concern please report this.
If you see something, say something.
The B&HSAB and BHSCP would like to thank all our partner agencies for their hard and dedicated work in the current challenging circumstances. There is also a message on our website from Graham Bartlett, the Independent Chair of both the Brighton and Hove and East Sussex Safeguarding Adults Boards.