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If you suspect a vulnerable person of any age is subject to abuse you should not wait until you're certain. Acting quickly in these case is often the only way to prevent tragedy. Many people may feel uncomfortable taking their concerns, which may be unfounded, straight to the police by calling 999.
An option in these circumstances if you are concerned about a child may be to call the NSPCC’s confidential helpline. It is free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000. A trained NSPCC counsellor will listen to your concerns, offer advice and can take action on your behalf if it is thought that the child is in danger.
You do not have to give any personal details and can remain anonymous if you wish. You can also advise the counsellor that you do not wish to share your name or contact details with the police or social services.
If you are concerned about an elderly person being abused you should call 999 if you think someone is in immediate danger or contact your local council adult social services department if you think someone is at risk of being abused.
If you want to discuss your concerns and get some advice before taking those steps the charity Action on Elder Abuse operates a confidential helpline on 0808 808 8141. You can also call the local police on the 101 non-emergency number.
Sharing your concerns by telling someone you trust, such as a friend or relative or your own or your relative’s GP or care worker if they have one may also lead to action being taken. Additional advice can also be gained by contact the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance.
Alternatively, our team can listen to your concerns and can help signpost you to the most appropriate authorities to deal with your concerns. Calls to our legal client services team are entirely confidential and if necessary you can be put straight through to a specialist lawyer who can discuss what your next steps should be.