We're committed to ensuring that any concerns about abuse and neglect to children and to adults at risk are reported promptly to the appropriate authorities. The Councils Safeguarding Policy details our commitment and can be accessed here (pdf, 609kb).

If you have a safeguarding concern, report it immediately to Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190

In cases of vulnerable adults, visit the Derbyshire County Council - Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults website.

For concerns regarding children, visit the website of the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Modern Slavery

Modern slavery occurs when a person is brought to, or moved around the country by others who threaten, frighten or hurt them, and force them into work or other things they do not want to do.

It is a term used to describe:

  • Human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude
  • Slavery practices such as debt bondage, sale or exploitation of children and forced marriage

Councils play a key role in tackling modern slavery:

1. Identifying and referring victims
2. Supporting victims through safeguarding children and adults with care and support needs and through housing/ homelessness services
3. Undertaking community safety services and disruption activities
4. Ensuring that supply chains used are free from modern slavery

Derbyshire and Derby City have a Modern Slavery Partnership, which supports and enables the discovery and response to modern slavery incidents.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires the Council to develop a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (pdf, 193kb) each year to set out what steps are being taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in our business or supply chains.

Signs of slavery and exploitation are often hidden. Victims can be any age, gender, ethnicity or nationality.

If you see something suspicious, no matter how small, please call police on 101, the UK Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


The purpose of Prevent is to safeguard and support vulnerable people to stop them becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism of any form.

Prevent aims to:

  • tackle the causes of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support
  • enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate

Anyone can make a referral, and they are received from a wide range of partners including communities, education, health, youth offending teams, police and children's social care. Members of the public can also refer into the police Prevent team. For more information on Prevent, who to talk to and how to make a Prevent referral please visit the Safer Derbyshire webpage on prevent.