Safeguarding is how we protect children, young people and adults at risk of abuse.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility, it's about:

  • Protecting children, young people and adults who are at risk of abuse
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Helping you to keep yourself safe or put plans in place to help protect those who cannot protect themselves
  • Everybody feeling safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances are

What is abuse?

Abuse of an adult includes:

  • Not caring for an adult properly (neglect)
  • Controlling or pressuring an adult to give away money or property (financial)
  • Threatening, humiliating or harassing an adult (psychological)
  • Hurting an adult and causing injury (physical)
  • Touching or doing things to an adult without consent (sexual)
  • Treating an adult badly because of disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or gender (discrimination)
  • An adult who neglects their own health or who self-harms
  • Sexually exploiting an adult for money, power or status (sexual exploitation)

Abuse of a child includes:

  • Not caring for a child properly (neglect)
  • Ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child (psychological)
  • Hurting a child and causing injury (physical)
  • Forcing or persuading a child into sexual activities (sexual)
  • Cyber bullying, grooming, sexually abusing or exploiting a child online (online)
  • Sexually exploiting a child for money, power or status (sexual exploitation)

Who could be an abuser?

Abuse can be carried out by anyone, including:

  • Someone in the family
  • A partner or friend
  • A neighbour
  • A member of staff
  • Another adult at risk of harm
  • A stranger
  • More than one person

Where can abuse happen?

Abuse can happen anywhere at any time, including:

  • At home
  • At a day centre, residential home or college
  • At a friend's house
  • In a hospital
  • Somewhere a person spends their free time
  • In the street or another public place