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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council takes its responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk very seriously.


Having a dedicated Safeguarding Coordinator highlights the Council's commitment to Safeguarding. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to put all children and adults who may be at risk at the centre of what we do, we have continued to support our communities and our staff through the pandemic to protect both children and adults from harm.

Through our ‘You Are Not Alone’ and ‘There Is No Excuse’ Domestic Abuse campaigns we aim to raise awareness of the impact of Domestic Abuse and provide support for those experiencing it.

Council supports the ‘Safe Place’ initiative and will provide anyone who finds themselves experiencing Domestic Abuse with information on the support services available. For further information contact Gary Scott, Safeguarding Coordinator.

Gary Scott will be working across the Council area and can be contacted on Gary.Scott@nmandd.org or by telephone on 07776 165 792.

To view our Safeguarding leaflet click here. 


Elder Abuse Awareness

The Council has committed to signing the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Declaration.          

The declaration recognises that older people in communities are open to abuse, and that we all have responsibility to:   

  • Stop … and think (it could be your neighbour, friend, relative or stranger) 
  • Stop … and look (possible signs can include injury, weight loss, fear or distress)       
  • Stop … and tell someone (you can talk to us - we are here to support you)

If you wish to report a concern of elder abuse or for more information, contact: 028 3756 4423

For further information regarding 'World Elder Abuse Awareness Day' please click here

There Is No Excuse Campaign 

Domestic violence and abuse affects many people and is now well recognised as a public health issue.  Incidents of domestic violence and abuse have significantly increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the lockdown measures and other restrictions in place, those living in violent and abusive relationships have found themselves even more isolated and trapped in these situations. 

Alongside the impact of the pandemic, Christmas and New Year can bring additional stresses and pressures for families which may lead to an increase in domestic violence and abuse during this period. 

Support is available for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse. 

Southern Health and Social Care Trust: 0800 783 7745 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust: 0300 100 0300 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Emergency Social Work Service (Regional): 028 9504 9999 (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays)

For further information please visit:





24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414 (24 hours)

Useful Resources :

Resource Pack for Children and Young People                

Domestic Abuse Important Support Numbers 

Women's Aid Armagh and Down Support Services   

You Are Not Alone Campaign 

Whilst government messages are encouraging everyone to stay home for their safety and in an attempt to delay Covid-19 cases, we are aware that not everyone’s home is a safe place. 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has teamed up with South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Southern Health and Social Care Trust to support young people who may be experiencing domestic abuse. 

If things are not okay at home and you are worried, need advice or support, call us on one of the numbers below and there will be someone to listen to you and provide you with help.

To view the 'You Are Not Alone' campaign please click on the following link

CHILDLINE: 0800 1111 (24 hours). 



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