Enquiries into possible abuse or neglect
If you report a concern about possible abuse or neglect to West Sussex County Council, social care staff will:
- talk to the person at risk to find out what they want to happen
- support the person to have an advocate (someone to represent them) if they need one
- respond professionally and sensitively and take your concerns seriously
- talk to the police if a crime has been committed;
- talk to other agencies, such as the NHS or the CQC
- agree the best way of helping the person.
This is known as a ‘safeguarding enquiry’.
Abuse because of race, sexuality, gender identity, religion or disability is a form of Hate Crime. For more information about how to report Hate Crime, go to the Sussex Police report hate crimes page or West Sussex County Council’s report hate crimes page.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse or you suspect that someone you know may be being abused, you can find helpful information and contacts in the Domestic abuse section of the West Sussex County Council website.