Anyone worried about their own safety, or that of a child or adult they know, should contact:
- For a child or young person, call Children’s Services on 0300 555 1384
- For an adult, call Adults’ Health and Care on 0300 555 1386
In an emergency, contact the police by dialling 999.
Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Young People at the County Council, said: “With people being directed to stay at home and only to go out for essential shopping and exercise, or to work (if it is not possible to work from home) - over time, there is an increased risk for tensions in some families to run high and the home environment to become volatile. Add to this, stress and anxieties caused by illness or money worries - the prospects for neglect and abuse, including domestic violence, are heightened.”
“It is everyone’s duty to help to protect children and young people. Although it may be more difficult to spot signs of neglect or abuse at present, as families stay at home, if anyone has any concerns about a child or young person, I urge them to contact us.”
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health added: “Anyone can experience harm, abuse or neglect. At this most challenging of times, it is more important than ever that people look out for one another. Many victims of abuse are not able to speak up for themselves, they need someone else to speak for them. If you know someone is, or might be, at risk of harm, you can help by acting now. Safeguarding is everyone’s business – we all have a part in keeping adults safe.”
In addition to the safeguarding telephone lines, the County Council also commissions support for victims of domestic abuse. Help can be sought from Hampshire's Domestic Abuse Service online and via email. A telephone helpline – 03300 165 112 – is staffed from 11.30am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.