Current Safeguarding Issues

pic3Safeguarding issues can often cut across children’s and adult’s services, and affect whole family systems and communities. In recognition of this, the East Sussex SAB works closely with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and Safer Communities partnership on key safeguarding issues. Currently, this includes:

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

It can include honor based violence, female genital mutilation, and forced marriage.

A new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate and familial relationships was introduced into the Serious Crime Act 2015. The offence will impose a maximum 5 years imprisonment, a fine or both.

There is now a support service to survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) and Rape, Sexual Violence and Abuse (RSVA) who are 16+ and living in, working in, or visiting Brighton and Hove or East Sussex. Please visit:


Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery is now a type of abuse included in the Care Act 2014, and can consist of many different types of exploitation such as:

  • sexual exploitation
  • forced labour
  • domestic servitude
  • Crime 
  • drug trade
  • benefit fraud
  • organ harvesting
  • forced marriage

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is now in force, applying in England and Wales, and includes two substantive offences:

  • Human Trafficking
  • Slavery, servitude, and forced or compulsory labour

For more information on Modern Slavery, please see this video clip and communications resource


Financial Abuse

Financial abuse of an adult with care and support needs can include theft, fraud, internet and other scams, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements such as wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions and the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

It can occur in isolation, but as research has shown, where there are other forms of abuse there is often likely to be financial abuse occurring too. This form of abuse can take away, or limit a vulnerable person’s resources, choices, and options. Abuse may involve any amount of money or any size of property. Some forms of financial abuse involve theft or fraud and these are crimes. Financial abuse is the most commonly reported type of abuse that people may experience in later life. The East Sussex SAB has developed a Financial Abuse Strategy which aims to ensure: 

  • Activity is coordinated between partners to prevent and respond to financial abuse
  • Clarity of the roles of partner agencies
  • Recognition of activities already taking place
  • Identification of any overlaps and joint working opportunities to reduce duplication
  • Improvements in the consistency of signposting, responses and messages to the public and adults with care and support needs
  • Identification of gaps and actions needed

 Click here to access the East Sussex SAB Financial Abuse Strategy


For more information on the work of the LSCB and Safer Communities partnerships please visit

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