Safeguarding Awareness Month 2018

Safeguarding Awareness Month runs from Thursday 1 November to Friday 30 November.




This November West Sussex Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Boards and the Safer West Sussex [Community Safety] Partnership are coming together to celebrate Safeguarding Month.

We want everyone to play a part in keeping communities safe because safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.  That means simply looking out for others and having confidence to tell someone if you are worried about a child, young person or an adult who is vulnerable.  You might also have seen something that troubles you within your neighbourhood. Trust your gut instinct and if it doesn’t feel right report your concerns.

Because a lot of the work we do isn’t always high profile, you may not even know what safeguarding is, how we can help you or someone you are concerned about.  To help, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Safeguarding that might be of use.

Our professionals will be able to guide you about the best course of action and support available.  If in doubt, get in touch because your information may be the missing piece of the jigsaw, or enable a person who is vulnerable to get the help they need.

What is Safeguarding?

What is Safeguarding?

The term ‘Safeguarding’ simply means to protect someone from harm or damage, by putting appropriate protective measures in place.  It includes people’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from the treat or risk of harm, abuse or neglect.

What is Safeguarding Month?

Safeguarding Month 2018 is a whole month of action for professionals and members of the public.  The primary aim is to raise awareness of safeguarding; what it is and how everyone can play a part in helping to keep vulnerable people safe from harm.  The month also provides opportunities for staff, volunteers and the general public to engage in a range of learning events aimed at improving knowledge of safeguarding, developing safeguarding skills and understanding, and promoting joint working across services and organisations.

The month runs from Thursday 1 of November until Friday 30 November.  Most of the learning events are based in public, community or civic venues across West Sussex; however we are proud to be working with East Sussex and Brighton & Hove to bring professionals together for a Pan Sussex Safeguarding Adolescents conference.

What should I do if I’m worried about someone?

What should I do if I’m worried about someone?

There are a number of things that you can do if you are worried about someone. Sometimes being there for someone is enough. At other time speaking up and making a safeguarding referral might be more appropriate.  However, we understand that it can be daunting and you may not feel confident or know when it is the right time to take action. 
The following case studies have been created to help you think about whether you should make a referral to us.  If in doubt, always voice your concerns.

If you are worried about a specific child or children, contact the West Sussex Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01403 22 99 00.  Out of hours the MASH can be contacted by phone on 0330 222 6664.
For concerns about a vulnerable adult or adults, contact West Sussex CarePoint on 01243 64 21 21. 

For emergency concerns, always call 999.

What Safeguarding Means to Me

Everyone has a role to play in safeguarding children and adults who are vulnerable. However, the term safeguarding can be used in many different ways by different people.  We are interested to find out what safeguarding means to you as this helps us to better understand what our communities think, want and need.

Click here if you would like to download one of our Safeguarding Bubbles and tell us what safeguarding means to you!  It can be anything from ensuring vulnerable people are protected to stopping abuse and/or enabling those in need to access support.  Take a picture and add your Safeguarding Bubbles to twitter with the handles @wscommsafety @wsscb @wssab

See Something, Say Something

The See Something, Say Something campaign has been developed to raise awareness of the different ways you can get in touch if you have concerns about people or places you know.  The messaging is simple and clear: members of the public and businesses are the eyes and ears of our communities.  Every day you will see and hear things that the County Council and its partners will never know about unless someone tells them.  We are asking that if or when you see or hear something that concerns you, you report it to either West Sussex County Council or Sussex Police.

For concerns about a specific child or children, contact the West Sussex Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01403 22 99 00.  Out of hours the MASH can be contacted by phone on 0330 222 6664
For concerns about a vulnerable adult or adults, contact CarePoint on 01243 64 21 21.

 For emergency concerns, always call 999.


Public sessions

Public sessions

Autism, Adolescence and Education – an Autistic Perspective

Wednesday 7th November 10-11:30am

K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BQ

This session focuses on the difficulties which can be faced by some young autistic individuals in education during adolescence and gives guidance on practical ways which they can be supported both in the classroom and at home.




Stay Safe Community Safety Briefing for Parents & Carers

Thursday 8th November 2018 6pm-8pm

Newtown Social Club, 16A Greencourt Drive, Bognor Regis, PO21 5EU

Informal early evening session led by the NSPCC for parents and carers, based on the award winning Stay Safe, Speak Out campaign. Hear information about ways to help keep young people safe online, feel confident recognising the warning signs of Child Sexual Exploitation and Radicalisation and get access to resources to use with children and young people.


To book your place please email


Swan Walk Safeguarding Together

Wednesday 14th – 16th November 2018

Swan Walk Shopping, 12 Medwin Way, Horsham RH12 1HQ

Come along to Swan Walk shopping centre in Horsham where you will be able to talk to professionals and organisations working together to promote safeguarding. Find out information about a range of associated safeguarding issues including online safety, fostering and ways to stay safe.


Stay Safe Briefing for the Community & Voluntary Sector – Mid Sussex

Friday 23rd November 2018 6pm-8pm

Mid Sussex Voluntary Action, 2nd Floor, 38 Church Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9AE

Do you work with children and young people in a youth club or other community setting? If so, come along to our early evening information session. Find out more about online safety, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Radicalisation and Extremism and ways you can help children and young people stay safe.



Gift Box

Friday 23rd – 25th November 2018 Time:

The Forum, 1 Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham RH12 1PQ

This is an installation provided by STOP THE TRAFFIK who have created a project called the GIFT box. This box is coming to Horsham, an enticing gift box on the outside that reveals the realities of human trafficking.


Stay Safe Community Safety Briefing for 50+ Year Olds

Tuesday 27th November 2018

This informal information session is for members of the public who would like to find out more about ways to stay safe online. Attendees will hear from Barnardo’s and Community Safety experts about ways to protect themselves and other when using the internet, how to spot the signs of Child Exploitation, Radicalisation and Extremism and ways to report concerns.


To book your place please email


Who to contact

If you are concerned about a child, young person or adult being abused or neglected, or at risk of being abused or neglected contact:

For children contact MASH: 01403 229 900
Out of Hours Duty Team: 0330 222 6664

For adults contact CarePoint: 01243 642121

If there is an immediate risk call: 999

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