`Safeguarding practices` most commonly applied to children and young people under the age of 18.

`Vulnerable adults` is defined as anyone who is over 18 who depend on others for assistance with respect to functional skills or who has a severe impairment in the ability to communicate and therefore a reduced ability to protect themselves from abuse, or neglect. A vulnerable adult may be in need of community care services by reason of mental health or disability.

Anyone working with Children or Vulnerable adults are to have a current DBS.

Safeguarding means proactively seeking to involve the whole community in keeping the individual safe and promoting their welfare.

Safeguarding is an important part of integrated work.   When other organisation's work together ie health professional   GPs, Hospitals, Police, voluntary organisations, even the family or carers. they put the individuals at the centre of all activities to help identify their holistic needs earlier to improve their outcomes.   Prevention and early intervention can help children, vulnerable adults and families get beck on track and avoid turning into a crisis.

Protection is a central part of safeguarding and promoting welfare.   It is the process of protecting an individual identified as either suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.


It is vital that as an organisation we evaluate our polices and improve and develop them as new criteria and legislation comes into place and it is followed.   It is the Chief Officers responsibility to revise our policies and procedures which are done yearly or when the law changes.   All staff receive updates and changes as to when these become in place and receive yearly safeguarding training.   Upon assessment service users are explained the complaints and compliments process and this is also available in print format in the folder left in their home.   Safeguarding is a huge role in our responsibility and...