The process of protecting children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect is called ‘safeguarding’. 

Regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual orientation, everyone 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. For further information on safeguarding, see our safeguarding policy and procedure.

What is abuse? 

Abuse is behaviour which can lead to harm or distress such as: 

  • hitting
  • pushing
  • bullying
  • stealing (financial abuse)
  • neglect
  • 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 are worried about someone's immediate safety please contact the police by dialling 999. 

Otherwise, you should report your concerns.