Safeguarding children and adults

We have a duty to ensure that all the services we plan and buy have systems in place to ensure children and vulnerable adults are safe. 

What to do if you're worried

Children referral process

Adults referral process

What to do if you're a child concerned about yourself or a friend

If you are concerned and you want to talk to someone about yourself or a friend please use one of the contacts below or speak to a trusted adult such as a parent, teacher or school nurse.

Useful Contacts:

  • Childline 0800 1111 – get information and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards:
  • NSPCC 0808 8005 000
  • Sefton Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0151 934 4481
  • Police 101 or 999 in an emergency 


Our safeguarding declaration sets out our commitment to this work and we also have a safeguarding policy and strategy to support this.

We also produce annual reports, which you will find in our publications library.  

Online safety

Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyber bullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.

The information within the Sefton SCP website on e-Safety can help parents and carers understand what children do online and the risks they face and will help keep children safe online. 


Our local safeguarding boards

There are two important groups in Sefton that bring together partners from across the different organisations that provide local services for children and adults, and we are members of these two boards: 

Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership  

Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board

You will find information on each board's website about what to do if you have concerns about a child, young person or adult.

You can find links to Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership's annual reports and business plan here.

Merseyside Child Death Overview Panel

You can read more about the work of this group and about how we work together with our local partners on this panel here.