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 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 a person'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 not being done (neglect). Read more here.
The public can also play a part in spotting the signs and knowing what to do and and where to go if they suspect someone is being harmed or abused. Find out more about the spot the signs and speak up campaign by clicking on the image below.
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.