Making a Safeguarding Referral


Raising a safeguarding concern

If you are concerned about an adult who is believed to have care and support needs, and is at risk of or experiencing abuse and neglect (including self-neglect), please contact Adult Social Care by one of the methods below:

By form

The Adult Safeguarding Team will use any information provided to inform a decision as to whether a Safeguarding Adults enquiry is needed, and if so, what will happen next.

Don’t delay sending in the concern if you don’t have all the details. We can plan together how key information is to be obtained.  Just note that you ’don’t know’ on the relevant section of the form.

By telephone

The Adult Safeguarding Team provide a duty advice service. Contact 01983 814980 during office hours.

If you need support to manage an immediate risk, call the Out of Hours team on 01983 821105.  Otherwise please refer safeguarding concerns in the usual way to

Referrals for Children

In an emergency contact the Police by dialling 999

If you are concerned about a child who may be at risk of abuse or neglect, please contact Isle of Wight Children’s Services on 0300 300 0117 (available 24 hours a day).

You do not need to know everything about the child or young person and what is happening before contacting Children’s Services.
For more information, please refer to the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership online guidance.