Report concerns about a child, young person or vulnerable adult

Across the county,  front doors are being kept closed. But our door is always open.

In Rutland, we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. 

Safeguarding is about preventing the abuse of children and adults who may be vulnerable - we are all responsible for making sure everyone in the community is safe in their environment.

This page has information on how to:

If you have concerns about someone you are helping, it's important not to ignore this

Report a concern about a child or young person

We need you to report any concerns you may have about child abuse or child neglect.

We’ve seen a drop in reports to our safeguarding team since social distancing guidelines were brought in to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

With all of us now staying at home there are fewer opportunities for abuse to be spotted, reported and stopped, so we need your help to make sure children are safe.

Please look and listen out for signs that may indicate neglect or abuse:

  • very young children being left on their own
  • children looking dirty or not changing their clothes
  • children are withdrawn or anxious
  • aggressive or repeated shouting
  • sounds of hitting or banging and things being broken
  • children crying for long periods of time
  • relatives denied access to talk to children by phone or video call

Across the county, front doors are being kept closed. But our door is always open.

If you think something is wrong, please tell us straight away so we can check.

To report concerns about children’s welfare call 01572 758407 or email childrensreferrals@rutland.gov.uk 

The duty desk is available Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Outside of the hours, you can call: 0116 305 0005

Always call 999 and ask for the police if you think a child is in immediate danger

If you are aged 19 or under, Childline can help you with any issue you are going through - visit their website to speak to someone online, or call 0800 1111 from 9am to midnight.

Report a concern about a vulnerable adult

We need you to report any concerns you may have about a vulnerable adult.

We've seen a 75% drop in reports to our adult social care team since social distancing guidelines were brought in to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

With all of us now staying at home there are fewer opportunities for abuse to be spotted, reported and stopped, so we need your help to make sure vulnerable adults are safe.

Please look and listen out for signs that may indicate neglect or abuse:

  • becoming quiet and withdrawn 
  • being aggressive or angry for no obvious reason 
  • looking unkempt, dirty or thinner than usual 
  • sudden changes in their character, such as appearing helpless, depressed or tearful
  • physical signs – such as bruises, wounds, fractures or other untreated injuries 
  • the same injuries happening more than once 
  • not wanting to be left by themselves, or alone with particular people 
  • being unusually lighthearted and insisting there's nothing wrong

Across the county, front doors are being kept closed. But our door is always open. 

If the person is not in immediate danger, contact our safeguarding and prevention team:

T: 01572 758341

E: adultduty@rutland.gov.uk 

W: report your concern online

The safeguarding and prevention team is available Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Outside of these hours, you can call Harborough Lifeline on 01858 464499

Across the county, front doors are being kept closed. But our door is always open.

Always call 999 if you think someone is in immediate dangerIf you are experiencing domestic violence, find advice and support organisations that can help you, including UAVA (United Against Violence and Abuse)

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