1. Introduction

1.1. Hassocks Parish Council expect that all who use our services and facilities are treated with respect and kept safe from harm. We are committed to taking all reasonable precautions to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable persons when they are engaged in activity associated with the Parish Council and /or whilst using our premises and facilities.

2. Safeguarding

2.1. The Council will endeavour to safeguard children and vulnerable persons, in that:

  • The welfare of the child and vulnerable adult is paramount
  • All children and vulnerable adults have the right to protection from abuse
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • All staff, volunteers and elected members of the council have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer (Parish Clerk)
  • All staff, volunteers and elected members of the council are not to deal with situations of abuse or to decide if abuse has occurred

3. Duty of care

3.1. Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks will be carried out on relevant staff in accordance with the eligibility criteria in the Rehabilitations of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

3.2. Hassocks Parish Council has a duty of care to protect others from harm; this includes a range of processes including risk assessment and health & safety practices.

3.3. Allegations or suspicions of inappropriate behaviour by a member of staff or Councillor must be referred immediately to the Clerk who will refer the matter to Social Services at County Council for investigation. The Clerk will log concerns and record action taken; this information will be stored confidentially.

3.4. Hirers of Parish Council facilities must ensure that any activities for children, young people and other vulnerable adults are only provided by a fit and proper person. When requested, you must provide us with a copy of your Safeguarding Policy and evidence that appropriate Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) checks have been undertaken.

Contact numbers for reporting concerns


  • West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership:                             01403 229900
  • For emergencies which require same day response:                       07711 769657


About vulnerable adults

  • Adult Social Care:                                                                                     01243 642121
  • For emergencies which require a same day response:                     033 022 27007


In case of an emergency please ring 999


You must refer; you must not investigate