What does Safeguarding mean?
Safeguarding means keeping people safe from harm, abuse and/or neglect. This may be a family member, neighbour, or friend.
- ‘Abuse’ is when someone does something to a person that can cause harm. It could be emotional and/or physical harm.
- ‘Neglect’ is when someone is not being given the care and support that they need to live their life, this can include self-neglect.
Examples of abuse and neglect
Unfortunately, there are many examples of abuse and neglect. Some of these are listed below:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial or material abuse
- Domestic abuse
- Neglect (including acts of omission)
- Self neglect
- Discriminatory abuse
- Organisational abuse
- Cyber abuse
- Mate crime
- Hate crime
- Modern slavery
- Honour based violence
- Forced marriage
- Female genital mutilation (FMG)
- Exploitation by radicalisers who promote violence
If you are concerned that someone you know may be the victims of abuse or neglect, it is very important that you take action. Safeguarding concerns can be reported using the following methods:
- If you suspect that someone is in immediate danger, call 999 as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Contact your local authority by clicking on the links below:
- Use the NHS England Safeguarding App
- Contact the Orwell team by calling 0345 60 100 30.