Safeguarding Awareness Week

Safeguarding Awareness Week runs from 27 November to 1 December.




From 27 November to 1 December, the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board and Safeguarding Children Board are joining forces and inviting partners and organisations to participate in Safeguarding Awareness Week. The key purpose of the week is to provide a range of learning opportunities for the public, professionals and volunteers working with adults and children at risk in West Sussex. This week is aimed at improving their safeguarding knowledge, skills and understanding, and promoting joint working.

Safeguarding is not a new phenomenon, but it is the first time that agencies across West Sussex have come together to raise awareness of the work we do, and how members of the public can get advice, help and support if they are worried about someone.

Because a lot of the work we do isn’t always high profile, you may not even know what safeguarding is, or how we can help you or someone you are concerned about.

Therefore, we have compiled a list of definitions available to view at the tab above.

However, the main thing to remember is that there is help and support available.

There are a number of things that you can do if you are worried about someone. Sometimes simply being there for someone is enough. However, at other times speaking up and making a safeguarding referral might be more appropriate.

We understand that it can be daunting and you may not feel confident or know when it is the right time to take action.

If you have specific concerns about a child or adult, who you think needs social care intervention, get in touch with us.

If you are worried about a community issue or have general concerns about an area, let the police know. Sussex Police’s newly-formed Prevention Teams are made up of skilled Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Police Officers and staff.

Formerly known as Neighbourhood Policing Teams, they are now working more efficiently and effectively to prevent crime and to actively target local issues. They need information from communities about locations of concern or issues that need to be tackled. Your information could be vital to them. You can report concerns and information to the police by visiting or by calling 101.

In an emergency, always ring 999.

During Safeguarding Awareness Week, The Safer West Sussex Partnership, in conjunction with the Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adults Board, will run a number of events across West Sussex for professionals and the public aimed at safeguarding adults and children, and raising awareness of the role we all can play in keeping ourselves and others safe and well.

All events organised below are free to attend.

Helping hands

Helping hands

Keeping people safe from harm and protecting the vulnerable is everyone’s business and we all have a part to play.

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 might not know about unless someone tells them. We're asking that if you see or hear something that concerns you, please report it to either West Sussex County Council or Sussex Police.

Lend a helping hand

Have you seen our ‘Lend a helping hand’ posters?  There are a number of ways that communities can support Safeguarding Awareness Week.

You can even begin to play your part by simply being more aware of safeguarding and how/where to report concerns.

For those of you who want to lend a helping hand more formally, there are a range of volunteering opportunities available. More information about these can be found here.

How to get involved

To help us create visual talking points, library-based knitting and crocheting groups and enthusiasts across the county are busy crafting handprints to symbolise lending a ‘helping hand’. West Sussex Libraries will be displaying the hands during Safeguarding Awareness Week.

However, we need more ‘helping hands’. If you knit or crochet and would like to join in, please email the WSCC Community Safety Team at for a pattern (stating whether you need a knitting or crochet pattern).

Don’t knit? The hands don’t just need to be knitted or crocheted. Helping hands can be any size, colour and material you like, from drawing around your own handprint, colouring mandala pages (templates available to download below) to creating collages made out of fabric, buttons, lego and woodwork. The only thing we ask is that the hands are not made out of animal skins/fur or biodegradable products.

Please post your creations on Twitter and use either hashtag #Safeguarding or #HelpingHands.

A Pinterest board of ideas can be found here.

Once created, please send your finished ‘helping hands’ to Claire Clilverd, Community Safety Team, Room 237 County Hall, Chichester, P019 1RQ.

Or if you prefer, take a photo and share with us at: or tweet @WSCommSafety with the hashtags #Safeguarding and #HelpingHands.

Please note: before you post photos online make sure you have permission from the people in the photos. Before taking a photo of a child, or distributing a photo of a child, make sure you have written permission from their parent.

Helping hand craft/art/displays cannot be returned so please do not send us your priceless heirlooms!



Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It's fundamental to high-quality health and social care (Care Quality Commission).

Safeguarding children

Every child has the right to grow up in a safe place and have a good childhood, away from abuse and harm. Children may experience problems throughout their childhood and parents or carers may not be able to meet their needs by themselves. Agencies all work together to help keep children safe and offer support to families. Those able to offer help may include Early Help workers, health visitors, social workers or housing officers.

For further details please go to Safeguarding Children Board.

Safeguarding adults means:

  • protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect;
  • people and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening and
  • making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.

For further details visit the Safeguarding Adults Board.



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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