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If you are concerned about an adult (including yourself) ....

If you are suffering abuse, or you know or suspect some else is being abused call us on:

  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm 01902 551199
  • For emergencies out of above hours 01902 552999
  • If immediate action is needed dial 999

It is better to report abuse over the phone so that our officers can take the necessary information. You can make a report anonymously by telephone.

You can also report abuse using our Safeguarding Adults Concern and Notification Form (SA1)All fields will need to be completed as we may need to get in touch with you for further details. It is not advisable to make an anonymous report using this form.

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I work with children / young people / families

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This section provides information and guidance for professionals, practitioners and managers to support your work with children, young people and families. This is designed to help you keep up to date with developments in safeguarding practice and provides information across a range of issues and how to respond to them.

Policies and procedures provide the framework within which an organisation and its staff (employees and volunteers) operate. They define what an organisation does and how it does it. Clear policies and procedures support: effective decision making; provision of guidelines on what employees and volunteers can and cannot do; what decisions they can make and what activities are appropriate.

All organisations working with children and young people and / or their parents and carers should have robust policies and procedures which will ensure that: children and young people are safe; workers know and understand their roles and responsibilities; and workers know how to respond appropriately if they have concerns about a child or young person’s safety or welfare.

Ensuring that agencies and professionals work effectively together is essential when working with children and young people.

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Working Together 2018 requires all Local Safeguarding Children Boards to publish their new Children's Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements. These will take effect from September 2019. 

Click on the button below for full details.

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I am an adult with care and support needs

This part of the website is for you if you are 18 or older, and need help to keep yourself safe.

Everyone has a right to live without abuse and neglect and to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

Safeguarding adults is about preventing and responding to allegations of abuse or neglect of adults with care and support needs in Wolverhampton.

The Safeguarding Adults Board aims to work with local people and our partners so that adults with care and support needs are safe and able to protect themselves from abuse and neglect.

For you to get safeguarding help, the level of care or support you need doesn't matter, nor does it matter whether or not you have anyone to help you with those needs.

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Each year Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) produces an Annual Report to enable the people of Wolverhampton to see what it has been doing to keep adults with care and support needs safe from abuse and neglect and promoting their wellbeing.

Click here to view and download a copy of the recently published WSAB Annual Report for 2016-17.

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Information given to us is sometimes shared with other people, such as the Police or health professionals. This only happens if they need to have this information to help keep someone safe.

If you tell us you are worried about someone being abused, you may not always be told all of the details of what action is taken. This is because the council has a duty to keep information about people safe.

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) includes all procedures involving total or partial removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It's also known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘cutting, and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others. FGM has no health benefits, and no religious texts require girls to be ‘cut’, however FGM is carried out under the banners of culture and religion within families and communities in the mistaken belief that it benefits the girl in some way, eg. preserve/prove her virginity as a preparation for marriage.

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Mandatory Reporting Duty for Girls Under 18

Any adult assessment must consider the potential risks of FGM to any other women or girls living in the same family. In addition to general safeguarding duties, since October 2015 all registered health and social care professionals and qualified teachers have a personal professional duty to report FGM in girls under 18 years; professional registration can be affected by non-compliance with this duty.

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Safer Recruitment


All voluntary, community and faith organisations need to understand their safeguarding roles and responsibilities (alongside those of other organisations and services) in order to help keep adults with care and support needs safe from abuse and neglect, and promote their wellbeing.

There is a range of help and support for voluntary, community and faith organisations working in Wolverhampton from Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council. This includes safeguarding support which you can access as follows:

1. Specific support for faith groups

There are over 250 faith groups in Wolverhampton which you can find details for all of these on the Wolverhampton Faith Map

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It is a criminal offence to offer employment for certain posts involving working with adults with care and support needs, defined as regulated activities, without employers checking the appropriate barred list. Other roles, with less responsibility for vulnerable groups will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check only.

Details about the DBS can be found here:

Click here to find out if you can check someones criminal record

The following steps may be taken as part of an employers’ recruitment processes depending on the role:

  • Your identity will be confirmed by sight of original official documents such as a Birth Certificate, Passport etc in line with the Asylum and Immigration Act 2006.
  • Original documents relating to all the professional qualifications required to fulfil the post must be supplied.
  • Your employment history will be examined and clarification will be sought where there are gaps and discrepancies arising from information provided either by you as the candidate or your referee(s).
  • References will be used to check employment dates and relevant experience. A minimum of two written references will be taken up and, for some posts, these references will be requested prior to interview. The identity of all referees will be verified. All candidates are required to provide details of any unspent convictions. Most convictions must be disclosed for certain posts working with vulnerable groups.All jobs falling into this category will be identified on the Job Description.
  • For posts working with adults with care and support needs, a DBS check, and/or a barred list check will be required.The barred lists contain details of people deemed unsuitable to work with adults with care and support needs. All jobs requiring a DBS check and/or barred list check should be identified in the Job Description.

It is a criminal offence to apply, offer or accept to work with adults with care and support needs (paid or unpaid) if barred from working with adults with care and support needs.

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On December 1st 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as set out under the timetable of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.


The Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 set out the foundation for this scheme. The Disclosure and Barring Service has an Independent Barring Board (IBB) with responsibility for taking barring decisions on new referrals and the management of two barred lists which replaced List 99, PoCA and PoVA Lists.

The system aims to provide employers with a quicker and more effective vetting and barring service. All disclosures for work with children and vulnerable persons are to be at an enhanced level for Regulated Activity.

The new organisation, DBS, will provide a service combining criminal records checking and the barring functions:

  • The barring part of the DBS will provide Caseworkers, who receive and process referrals about individuals, who have harmed, or who pose a risk of harm to, children, young people or vulnerable adults;
  • The checking part of the DBS will allow employers to check and access the criminal record history of people working, or applying to work (whether paid or unpaid) in certain positions, especially those that involve working with children and vulnerable adults;
  • The DBS website provides a range of advice, guidance and relevant forms.

Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA) places a legal duty on Regulated Activity Providers (employers, volunteer managers and personnel suppliers) to refer any person who has:

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