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Your responsibilities

Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental human right for every person and an essential requirement for health and well-being.

This guide is intended to complement Local Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children Procedures. Safeguarding Procedures offer a clear set of guidelines to ensure those at risk from harm receive a safe and consistent response, supporting workers to make defensible decisions.

When working with individuals and families at risk from harm, any intervention should:

  • Support the victim to keep safe
  • Protect any child/ren at risk of harm
  • Put measures in place to keep child/ren safe
  • Support cross agency communication and partnership working to maximise the safeguarding response to all concerned

All individuals working with the public have a minimum responsibility to:

  • Be clear about their own role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding as well as that of colleagues
  • Follow internal agency procedures for reporting incidents/risks