Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding is about protecting vulnerable people from harm. Regardless of their age, gender, disability, race or any other characteristic and promoting the prevention of impairment. It covers everything an organisation can do to keep vulnerable people safe, including minimising the risk of harm and accidents.

We recognise our responsibilities to safeguard young and vulnerable people in the borough. We work in partnership with a range of organisations to achieve this.

Our Policy and Procedure for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults covers employees, councillors, volunteers and contractors. It enables them to have a better understanding of their role and what they can do if they have concerns.

PDF document Policy and Procedure for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults (PDF, 361 kb)

Useful contacts for the public to make a safeguarding referral

If someone tells you that they or someone else is being abused, or if you suspect that someone has been/is being abused or drawn into extremism or terrorism, this needs to be reported as a matter of urgency.

If you think a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, you must call 999 for the Police. If you think a crime has taken place, you can call the Police on 101.

To report your concerns or to talk to a duty social worker regarding child protection call HantsDirect (Hampshire County Council Adult Services):

  • during office hours - 0300 555 1384
  • out of hours - 0300 555 1373.

If you think a child or young person under the age of 18 has been or is being abused by a person in a position of trust, contact the County Council's Allegations Officer.

To report your concerns or to talk to a duty social worker regarding vulnerable adults call HantsDirect (Hampshire County Council Adult Services):

  • during office hours - 0300 555 1386
  • out of hours - 0300 555 1373

Modern slavery

Modern slavery is a safeguarding issue. It is very complex and can take many forms including:

  • child trafficking
  • forced labour
  • sexual exploitation
  • criminal exploitation
  • domestic servitude.

See below for information on modern slavery and the work of the Modern Slavery Partnership for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and other useful links:


Working in partnership with the police, county council and community organisations, we aim to stop individuals becoming or supporting terrorists. This is done by building stronger, safer communities who feel empowered to reject extremism and terrorism in all its forms. This work is called Prevent and is part of the national counter terrorism strategy.

For more information about the Prevent programme read the Prevent leaflet for further information. To report any concerns you may have, please go to the Hampshire Police website.

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    8.30am to 4.30pm