Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is fundamental to high quality health and social care.

What does safeguarding mean for people who use care services?

Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:

  • protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development
  • making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care.

Safeguarding adults includes:

  • protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect
  • people and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect and to stop them from happening
  • making sure people’s wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.
Our Safeguarding Team

Our Safeguarding Team provide advice and support to staff on all child and adult safeguarding concerns. This can include telephone or in-person support and attendance at clinical meetings. We provide both formal and strategic links with social services, the police and other agencies in relation safeguarding matters and they take a lead for our Trust on multi-agency pathways for domestic abuse, Prevent, female genital mutilation (FGM), human trafficking and hate crime.

Our Safeguarding Team provide a range of compulsory and non-compulsory safeguarding training and supervision for our Trust. The team are responsible for our safeguarding procedure and policy and the dissemination of related regional and national policy and strategy. Our Safeguarding Team also take a lead for our Trust in city-wide multi-agency serious case reviews and lessons learnt processes.

Read our Safeguarding Strategy on a Page 2016-17