Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It's fundamental to high-quality health and social care.
What safeguarding means for people who use care services
Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:
- Protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development.
- Making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care.
Safeguarding adults includes:
- Protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
- People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening.
- Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.
We help to safeguard people by:
- Using information we receive (particularly when concerns are raised about abuse, harm or neglect) to look at the risks to people who use care services.
- Referring concerns to local councils and/or the police for further investigation.
- Carrying out inspections, where we talk to people who use services to help us identify safeguarding concerns.
- Publishing our findings on safeguarding in our inspection reports.
- Taking action if we find that care services do not have suitable arrangements to keep people safe.
- Working with partners such as the police, local councils, health agencies, other regulators and government departments.
- Taking part in multi-agency children's safeguarding inspections to get a picture of children's and young people's experiences and how well they are being safeguarded.
We are not a specified authority under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This means we have no statutory duty to respond or take action.
The specified authorities relevant to our work are:
- NHS Trusts (including ambulance trusts)
- NHS Foundation Trusts
- NHS England (who hold a statutory responsibility)
Other health providers, including primary care and providers in the independent sector, are not specified and do not hold a statutory responsibility.
Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government's counter-terrorism strategy. The strategy aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. We do not wish to duplicate existing governance processes around Prevent.