Safeguarding is about protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect.

The government believes that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility with key roles identified for local authority, police and health in preventing, detecting, reporting and responding to abuse, neglect or exploitation. As part of this, we have a network of officers trained to support those in need who act as Safeguarding Leads.

We also have a Safeguarding Policy (pdf 155KB), which is based on our responsibilities under the Children Act 2004, specifically Section 11. This places a duty on key people and public bodies, including district councils, to make arrangements to ensure their functions are discharged with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It also includes our duties to adults in need of care under the Care Act 2014.


We support the work of the Devon Children and Adult Safeguarding Boards and are committed to keeping children and adults safe in our community.

The Boards have the responsibility for coordinating and scrutinising the effectiveness of services being delivered to children and young people and adults in need of care across Devon.

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Making referrals

Anyone can make a referral for children, young people or adults who might be at risk of abuse and in need of safeguarding. 

If you believe someone might be in immediate danger, call 999.

For concern about adults, call Care Direct: 0345 155 1007

For concern about children and young people, call the Devon Multiagency Safeguarding Hub or MASH: 0345 155 1071