If you think someone is:
- being attacked verbally, physically or both
- being sexually abused
- being neglected – lack of food, warmth, clothing
- being taken advantage of – e.g. having money taken from them
- being targeted by the community
- unable to protect themselves from harm
- lacking awareness of their own personal safety
- a victim of domestic violence/abuse
- being bullied
You should report the issue centrally using the Report a Safeguarding Concern form on Derby City Council's website. You'll also find information and advice along with other ways to tell someone including out-of-hours phone numbers. You can also raise your concerns with our staff.
If you have concerns that a child is being harmed or living in circumstances that might be harmful in the future, you can contact Derby City Council's Children's Social Care and the First Contact Team. Your concerns will always be taken seriously. Derby Homes and Derby City Council work in partnership with agencies such as health providers, schools and education settings, probation providers and others to help keep children safe.
If you believe that a child is at immediate risk of harm and in need of protection then you should call the Police on 999, straight away.
Alternatively if you want advice from the Police and the child not in immediate need of protection, you can call the Police on 101.
If the matter is not urgent, you can also report it to Derby City Council using their online form.
In March 2021, we signed up to be assessed by the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) to hopefully gain full accreditation for the work we do to support both customers and staff who are victims of Domestic Abuse. We will find out if we're successful in December 2022.
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