Safeguarding is the protection of a person's health, wellbeing and rights. The Integrated Front Door (IFD) for West Sussex Children Services receive safeguarding enquiries and referrals for children's social care and early help services, including those with disabilities.
The IFD receive enquiries and direct them to the right service for support, ensuring children receive a service in line with their needs as quickly as possible.
Raising an immediate or urgent concern
If you think a child is at immediate risk of harm call 999.
If you are unsure what support you require or have an urgent safeguarding concern that requires a same day response, phone: 01403 229900 (Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm).
For out of hours enquiries, including weekends and bank holidays, contact our Emergency Duty Team on 033 022 26664.
Other welfare concerns about a child or young person
For all enquiries that are less immediate in nature, use the appropriate link:
Emotional wellbeing or mental health concerns
To request support for a child or young person, use the West Sussex Single Point of Access (SPoA).
The SPoA directs you to the right service. If there are safeguarding concerns as well, contact the IFD.
Concerns about an adult working or volunteering with children
Concerns about inappropriate behaviour of an adult working or volunteering with children are handled by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
Report any such concerns using the LADO referral form on the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSSCP) website.
If you want to speak to LADO for advice, contact the team:
Concerns relating to an adult and a child
If you have concerns about a vulnerable adult, you will need to complete an adult safeguarding referral form. Any child linked to the vulnerable adult will need to be referred to Children’s Services separately using the IFD portal form.