We have a duty and responsibility to ensure children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected and not harmed. This may be mean that we may have to refer a patient to the Safeguarding team if any form of abuse is suspected.
It might be difficult to accept, but every child, young person or vulnerable adult can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
- Protecting children, young people from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome
- Adult safeguarding is about protecting vulnerable people over 18 years from abuse by others
- A vulnerable adult is someone aged 18 years or over who may be disabled, ill or frail and unable to care for or protect themselves from significant harm or exploitation.