Dartford Borough Council is committed to meeting its statutory and moral duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk who come into contact with its services and activities.
The Council has a Safeguarding Policy which sets out the procedures that will be followed when there are concerns or allegations of abuse towards a child or adult at risk.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility
If you're worried that someone is suffering abuse, contact Kent County Council to report your concerns:
- Concerned about a child - call 03000 41 11 11 (text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11) or Online: Contact the KCC Social Services Team
- Concerned about an adult - call 03000 41 61 61 (text relay 18001 03000 41 61 61) or Online: Contact the KCC Social Services Team
For out of hours call 03000 41 91 91. If a child or adult is in immediate danger, always call 999 for the emergency services.
For more information on reporting abuse and the role of Kent County Council in the protection of children and adults at risk, visit the Kent County Council website.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
If you're concerned a child or young person is at risk of sexual exploitation, you can call:
- Say Something Helpline - 11 60 00
- Kent Police - 101 (quoting Operation Willow)
- Kent County Council's Children's Social Work Services - 03000 41 11 11 (out of hours number 03000 41 91 91)
- Medway Children's Social Care Services - 01634 334466 (out of hours number 03000 41 91 91)
- PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) - 0113 240 5226
If a child or young person is in immediate danger, always call 999 for the emergency services.
Prevent is the Government strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Those who commit acts of terror or support such acts are often influenced by another person's extremist views, or by reading or viewing extremist material. This can lead them to believe that committing acts of terror is justified and acceptable. Tackling extremist material is therefore important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.
The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (a specialist police unit) put considerable effort into removing terrorist and extremist material however it is the input from communities which defeats terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. Police depend on information from the public in our efforts to keep us all safe, and we are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it to the police by clicking the STOP Terrorists' & Extremists' Online button.
- Kent Safeguarding Children Board is the partnership body responsible for coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of Kent Services in protecting and promoting the welfare of children and young people
- Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board is responsible for making sure that all member agencies are working together to help keep Kent and Medway's adults safe from harm and protect their rights
- NSPCC is a charity that provides a range of services to help children who have been abused and protect those at risk - 0808 800 5000
- Childline is a confidential helpline for children and young people - 0800 1111
- National Domestic Violence Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 0808 2000 247
- Action on Elder Abuse works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults - 0808 808 8141