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Staying safe - Independent Living


Feeling safe means feeling good about yourself and in charge of your life. It's especially important for you if you have disabilities or are vulnerable to danger because you're more at risk of getting hurt or taken advantage of. When you feel safe, you can do what you want without being afraid. You can go where you need to go and do what you like without feeling scared or worried.

How to report adult abuse or neglect

If you're worried an adult is being abused or neglected, even if you're unsure, please report it. 

Call 999 if the person is in real danger now

If you want to speak to someone call 01752 668000 and choose the adult social care option or call 101 to report it to the police.

How to report child abuse or neglect

Call 999 if the child is in real danger now.

If you're worried about a child or young person or think they're being abused, even if you're unsure, call 01752 668000 or email

Outside of normal working hours please call the Plymouth Out of Hours Service on 01752 346984.

Staying safe on the internet

At Internet Matters, parents and professionals can find the most comprehensive and credible resources, information and support to keep children safe online.

9 tips to help improve your personal safety

  1. Pay attention to your surroundings and take note of any potential hazards or threats.
  2. If possible, avoid being alone in isolated areas, especially at night. Travel with a friend or in a group.
  3. Avoid dark or poorly lit areas, especially at night. Stick to well-lit streets and pathways.
  4. Make sure your phone is charged and easily accessible in case of an emergency.
  5. If you feel uncomfortable or sense danger, trust your instincts and take action to remove yourself from the situation.
  6. Install locks on all doors and windows, and consider investing in a security system or cameras.
  7. Consider carrying pepper spray or a personal alarm to deter potential attackers.
  8. Be mindful of what you post online and who you interact with on social media. Don't share personal information with strangers or people you don't trust.
  9. If you feel threatened or unsafe, reach out to a trusted friend or family member, or seek help from a professional organisation, such as the Police or Plymouth City Council.

Organisations that can help support you

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS)

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.

Phone          01752 258933





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