As a hospital and a form of public service, we have a duty to protect all who enter our grounds as a patient, visitor or as a member of staff.
Safeguarding is an initiative that protects people who may be in more vulnerable circumstances. It is a key responsibility of all local authorities and public services to work together and recognise when someone may be at risk. Once identified, the service can take steps to keep those people safe.
It means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. This requires a notion of working together across organisations whilst also promoting good health and wellbeing. Local authorities should recognise that lives can be complex and relationships can sometimes be unclear. On these grounds, professionals should work with the adult in question to establish what ‘safe’ means.
What does abuse look like?
There are many types of abuse. It can be something that is done, or something that is being refused to do (neglect). Read more here.
Safeguarding children includes the protection from maltreatment or obvious detriments to health or development. Safeguarding professionals promote welfare and ensure that children can grow up in safe and effective care.