Safeguarding means protecting someone’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. This is everyone’s right.

A child or adult at risk of abuse or neglect is someone who is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.

Child or adult abuse or neglect is not acceptable. If you or someone you know is at risk of being abused or neglected, or experiencing abuse or neglect, tell someone. Don’t ignore it. Don’t assume that someone else is doing something about the situation. Tell us about it so that we can help.

If you or someone you are concerned about is using our services speak to a member of staff about the best way to ensure they are safe or you can make direct contact with the local authority in your area. Local authorities have a statutory responsibility for safeguarding children and adults and will respond to your concern.

Each local authority area has a Safeguarding Board for adults and one for children, who are responsible for ensuring that safeguarding is effective in each area.

Information about the Safeguarding Boards in your area and how to raise a concern are available via the links below: