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Safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect

Safeguarding is the process of protecting children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Everyone – regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual orientation – has the right to protection from abuse and harm.

We have a moral and legal responsibility to put robust procedures in place and a duty of care to children and adults at risk, to help protect them from abuse. Please see our Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk of Abuse and Neglect Policy.

What is abuse?
Behaviour which can lead to harm or distress such as hitting, pushing, bullying, stealing (financial abuse), neglect or sexual activity without consent. It can happen to men, women and children. Abuse is carried out by all types of people but it's often someone known and trusted.

Recognise it and report it
If you think someone is being abused or you think their safety is at risk, then it is important to tell someone. Where a crime has been committed or if you're worried about someone's immediate safety, contact the Police by dialling 999. Otherwise you should report your concerns to Staffordshire County Council's social work team. 

Concerned about a child - what is abuse and neglect?

Report abuse and neglect of a child

Concerned about an adult at risk - what is abuse and neglect?

Report abuse and neglect of an adult at risk

Last updated 27 May 2021

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