Safeguarding information for our community & businesses

The aim of the Manchester Safeguarding Partnership is to ensure that everyone in our city is able to live in safety; free from abuse, neglect or crime – no matter what their age or circumstances.

We believe everyone who lives or works in the city has a role to play in achieving this.

Safeguarding is all about:

  • having the knowledge and awareness to understand various types of abuse and neglect,
  • what to look for and being able to identify the signs,
  • knowing what steps to take if you suspect abuse,
  • knowing what to do if a child or an adult tell you they are being abused.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – if you are any doubt about reporting a concern don’t think ‘What if I’m wrong?’ think ‘What if I’m right?

If you are concerned about yourself, or a friend or neighbour, there are people you can speak to and there is help available.

  • Trust your instinct – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
  • Don’t ignore it.
  • Don’t assume that someone else is doing something about the situation. Tell someone about it so that they can help.

Reporting abuse
Contact the local police if you think a crime has been committed; or contact the local council if you think someone is at risk or is being abused.

Details can be found on our concerned page

Find out more about various topics in our resource hub.

The Community
We firmly believe that the wider community can help safeguard the children, young people and adults who live alongside them.

One of the ways we can do this is to raise awareness of safeguarding issues and how everyone in the community can contribute to looking out for their family, friends and neighbours – or perhaps a stranger.

We work with Manchester people every day, so our Trust your instinct campaign aims to help everyone know what to say and do when they see things are not going well.

Together we can tackle child abuse

We are supporting the Department for Education’s Tackle child abuse campaign which aims to encourage the public to report their concerns in order to get help to children more quickly.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect, but research shows that currently a third of people who suspect child abuse don’t act on their suspicions.

This campaign hopes to raise awareness of the signs to look out for which may indicate a child is being abused or neglected; and to remind members of the public who they should call if they are concerned about the well-being of a child.

For more information visit our ‘What is child abuse?‘ resource.

To find out more about the government campaign visit their website – Report Child Abuse

Get advice about child abuse
Contact the NSPCC if you want to discuss any concerns or get advice:

  • NSPCC (for adults) Tele: 0808 800 5000
  • ChildLine (for children and young people) Tele: 0800 1111 (free)

Together we can tackle adult abuse

Some adults may need help or support; some of us may have an arrangement we are happy with where a friend, relative or a carer helps us.

Sometimes though, things may go wrong ,or we may feel uncomfortable with the situation. Mistreatment doesn’t always involve a stranger. Someone we think of as a friend could mistreat us, perhaps by taking money or by making us feel afraid, uncomfortable or hurt.

No matter who is helping them, everyone is in charge of making their own decisions and has the right to be respected and listened to.

Find out more in our ‘what is adult abuse?’ resource.

Care homes and home carers
Contact the local council if you’re concerned about:

  • someone not being treated properly in a care home
  • someone being mistreated by a carer.

NHS hospital or clinic care
Contact the manager of the hospital or clinic if you’re worried about someone.

Get advice about adult abuse
If you want to discuss your concerns or get some advice, contact the Action on Elder Abuse helpline on 0808 808 8141 or visit their website

Together we can prevent Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE)  has been widely reported in the media and is a concern for every community in the country.

If you learn how to recognise CSE then you could help us to protect children and young people locally and beyond.

Find out more in our CSE resource for families & the community.

Together we can prevent fraud and scams

Scams hit the headlines almost every day – put simply, scams are designed to cheat someone out of their money or obtain personal details for illegal purposes.

If you learn how to recognise a scam, then you learn how to protect yourself, your family and your friends.

Find out more about how you can help in our fraud, scams & safety resource

It’s your call – online training for businesses

The NSPCC have developed a short, interactive online course – It’s your call – to help employees recognise the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what actions need to be taken.

Find out more at

Manchester Businesses
The commercial sector plays a key part in our city and we believe that understanding more about how safeguarding may be an issue in your workplace will:

  • help your organisation work responsibly and safely;
  • help organisations avoid putting staff or colleagues in vulnerable positions; and
  • in some cases avoid breaking the law.

The advice on this website for businesses will help you fulfill your responsibilities to safeguard children, young people and adults.

Age restricted products & solvent abuse

The are many age restricted products available and retailers should be clear how the law and safeguarding responsibilities apply to them.

Information and signposting regarding the sale and supply of these products can be found in our age restricted products & solvent abuse resource.

Employing young people

Information and signposting for anyone thinking of employing young people – this includes taking part in a performance or working as a model.

Events and festivals

If you are thinking of holding a local event or festival, check the information and guidance in our events and festivals resource.

Gambling establishments

Gambling establishments, in addition their responsibilities as licensed premises, should be aware of potential safeguarding issues.

Information and training resources can be found in our Gambling establishments  resource.

Licensed Premises

When a premises applies for a licence, the application has to clearly identify what measures they are taking to safeguard children from harm – this could be through policies for staff or protective measures for customers.

For more information and guidance visit our licensing resources.

This includes information about under 18’s event and for hotels and the hospitality trade.

Taxis and taxi drivers

Safeguarding information and advice for the taxi trade and drivers can be found in our taxis resource.

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