All those who come into contact with children and their families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to safeguarding, have a duty to promote the welfare of children and in particular protect them from significant harm.
Mid Sussex District Council accepts its duty to safeguard all children from harm and exploitation and promote their welfare irrespective of race, religion, language, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.
Mid Sussex District Council, along with all other organisations, is required to take reasonable measures for the protection of children and young people when they are subject to Council regulations, jurisdiction and events run by the Council. The Mid Sussex Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Policy outlines the steps that must be taken when staff or volunteers, who work on behalf of the Council, come into regular contact with children, young people and adults at risk in order to minimise any potential risk.
If you have any concerns about a child or young person please contact the WSCC Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) by telephone on 01403 229900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a concern about an Adult at Risk then please contact the Adult Care point on 01243 642121 or via the online form at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/how-to-get-social-care-help/adults/safeguarding-adults-raise-your-concerns/.- You can also use this number out of office hours and it will direct you to the out of hours service.
If you have an urgent concern regarding any Child or Adult you believe to be at risk please contact the police on 999 if they are in immediate danger or 101 to speak to the contact centre.
Useful Links for further information on safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
www.westsussexsab.org.uk - Link to West Sussex Adults Safeguarding Board
www.westsussexscb.org.uk - Link to West Sussex Children's Safeguarding Board
www.nspcc.org.uk - Further information on Safeguarding Children