Horsham District Council Safeguarding Policy Statement


Horsham District Council acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk. Horsham District Council is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and LTA requirements.  A copy of our full safeguarding policy is available upon request.

Horsham District Council acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.  

Our policy and procedures are widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone within our organisation. Our policy is reviewed every three years, or sooner in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board or LTA
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

What should you do if you have a Safeguarding concern?

If a child or adult is in immediate danger telephone the police on 999.

If you have a general concern about a child or adult then you can raise this with:

Sussex Police on 101.

The Adults Care point for adults:      

            01243 642121 (Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00)                                                          

MASH for children:    

            01403 229900 (Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00)

            03302 226664 (Out of office hours 17:00 – 08:00 weekdays and for emergencies at weekends and bank holidays (24 hours))


If you have any questions or would like further advice you can contact Claire Shepherd (HDC Safeguarding Lead) on 01403 215638 / 01403 215191.