Protecting children and vulnerable adults

Protecting children and vulnerable adults is everyone's responsibility. Gloucestershire County Council assesses all situations where concerns have been raised about the safety of a child or vulnerable adult.

If you are worried about the protection of a child or vulnerable adult and want advice or to make a referral, please do one of the following:

Report concerns about a child

  • Call the Children and Families Help Desk on: 01452 426 565 (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:00)
  • Out of hours call the Emergency Duty Team on: 01452 614194
  • Email:

Report concerns about a vulnerable adult

If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child, please contact the Police on 101 at any time. In an emergency call 999.

For more information see:

See also which tells you more about different types of violence and abuse and how to protect yourself or others from it with links to local, practical support and help.

Safety for children using the internet

The not-for-profit website Internet Matters, acts as a portal for parents to find important information about online safety for their children, helping protect them against online dangers in the process.

It contains a number of advisory pages, apps, tools and informative resources within the framework of 'Learn about it, Talk about it, Deal with it', such as:

  • E-safety advice for parents of children of all ages
  • Information on a range of topics including cyberbullying, avoiding inappropriate content and protecting a child's online reputation
  • Advice on how children can stay safe when chatting, gaming and using social networks online

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