Safeguarding adults means protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. This applies to those aged 18 years and over.

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

What is safeguarding adults?

The Care Act 2014 sets out statutory responsibility for the integration of care and support between health and local authorities. This came into force in April 2015.

Safeguarding adults means protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. This applies to those aged 18 years and over.

The aims of safeguarding adults are:

  • to prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs
  • to safeguard individuals in a way that supports them in making choices and having control in how they choose to live their lives ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’
  • to promote and outcomes approach in safeguarding that works for people resulting in the best experience possible
  • to raise public awareness so that professionals, other staff and communities as a whole play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect.

What is safeguarding children?

The Department for Education is responsible for child protection in England. It sets out policy, legislation and statutory guidance on how the child protection system should work.

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Safeguarding children means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

There are many categories of abuse including:

  • physical abuse – e.g. shaking, scalding, being hit, slapped or punched
  • psychological/emotional abuse – e.g. bullying, intimidation, threats of harm or controlling behaviour
  • neglect – e.g. parents/carers/services not providing necessary food, clothing, shelter or medical care
  • sexual abuse – e.g. indecent exposure, rape, sexual harassment, enticing a child into sexual activities
  • financial or material abuse – e.g. misuse of someone’s money, possessions or property
  • domestic abuse – e.g. can include some or all of the above and also includes so-called honour-based violence
  • self-neglect – e.g. someone neglecting their own personal hygiene, health and surroundings
  • discriminatory abuse – e.g. harassment because of race, gender, age, disability, sexuality or religion
  • modern slavery – e.g. human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude
  • organisational abuse – e.g. neglect and poor practice within a setting such as a care home or hospital, or in relation to care provided at home.

 

Who is responsible for safeguarding?

Safeguarding is everyone’s business.

Whilst overall responsibility for the coordination of both safeguarding adults and children lies with the local authority (adult social care), a duty of care for safeguarding rests with all public services that have contact with the general public including our Trust.

Our Trust, via our safeguarding teams, works closely with local authorities and partner agencies to make sure our processes are compatible and effective.

Safeguarding and you - how to report concerns

If you are worried or want to talk to someone, contact your local authority social care services or access information through the Safeguarding Board websites (see below).

You can report very serious abuse and neglect to the Police by calling 101 (or 999 in an emergency).

Our Trust's approach to safeguarding 

As a Trust we aim to adopt the 'Think Family' agenda into safeguarding which promotes the importance of a whole family approach. This includes:

  • a coordinated approach between adult and children’s services
  • looking at the whole family within our services to understand family dynamics and the impact on each other when concerns arise
  • tailoring care and responses with the family to meet their needs
  • empowering families with the right support as a means of prevention.

About our safeguarding team

We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and have dedicated named professionals and safeguarding teams who work with our executive directors to promote an open and transparent service with our partner agencies.

We strive to ensure that adults and children who use our services receive safe care, are treated with dignity and respect and are supported with timely and appropriate interventions.

Links to local safeguarding boards

Our Trust services are covered by five safeguarding adults boards and eight safeguarding children boards:

 

 

Safeguarding adults boards (includes links to safeguarding referrals): 

 

Darlington Safeguarding Adults Board

01325 406111 – Out of hours: 01642 524552

Durham Safeguarding Adults Board

03000 267979

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board

01609 780780

Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hartlepool

01429 523390

Stockton

01642 527764

Middlesbrough

01642 065070

Redcar & Cleveland

01642 065070

Out of hours: 01642 524552

York Safeguarding Adults Board

01904 555111 – Out of hours: 01609 780780

East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board

01482 396940 – Out of hours: 01377 241273

 

 

Safeguarding children boards (includes links to safeguarding referrals):

 

Darlington Safeguarding Children Board

01325 406222 – Out of hours: 01642 524552

Durham Safeguarding Children Board

03000 267979

Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board

01429 284284 – Out of hours: 01642 524552

Middlesbrough Safeguarding Children Board

01642 726004 – Out of hours: 01642 524552

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board

01609 780780

Redcar & Cleveland Safeguarding Children Board

01642 771500 – Out of hours: 01642 524552

Stockton on Tees Safeguarding Children Board

01429 284284 – Out of hours: 01642 524552

York Safeguarding Children Board

01904 551900 – Out of hours: 01609 780780    

 

Updates from our safeguarding team

We will provide updates from our safeguarding team here.

 

We are supporting North Yorkshire safeguarding week (25-29 June).  Full details are available here.

 

Reference: L1008
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Last updated: 29 / 05 / 2018
Archive date: 29 / 05 / 2021