Call 999 if it is an emergency and the child is in immediate danger

All practitioners - qualified, unqualified or volunteering - in whatever the setting have a key role in preventing, identifying and responding to harm or abuse to adults. Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. When abuse or neglect does occur, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways that are proportionate to the concerns raised. In addition, the person must be at the centre of any safeguarding response and must stay as much in control of decision making as possible. The right of the individual to be heard throughout the process is a critical element in the drive to ensure more personalised care and support.

This part of our website aims to help you, as a practitioner, to carry out your role in safeguarding adults from harm or abuse. The guidance, toolkits, policies and procedures, and case reviews are designed to enhance your own learning and development in this crucial area of work.