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


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

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