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Safeguarding is the protection of children and adults from abuse and neglect.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. It is about protecting them, preventing their abuse or neglect and educating those around them to recognise the signs and dangers.

Safeguarding usually refers to those who may be vulnerable. This can include:

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Looked after children
  • People with physical, visual, hearing or learning disabilities
  • The elderly, frail or ill
  • Those suffering from any form of domestic abuse.

The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board and the Essex Safeguarding Children Board are very useful websites for information, up to date legislation, resources and training opportunities for both the public and professionals. For further information about Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children, please click the below link which will take you directly to the appropriate website:

There is now a free Safeguarding app that has been co-developed by the NHS England team in the East and the safeguarding forums in the East in recognition of the need for healthcare staff to have a one-place port of call for safeguarding information.

The tool provides an overview of necessary legislation and guidance covering both adult and children’s safeguarding and is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store on Android.

Using the search terms “NHS” and “safeguarding” within the app store on your device (except for Microsoft devices currently) will bring up the option to download the app. The app can also be viewed by clicking on this link for health staff who use desktops rather than remote devices.

Any Safeguarding documentation can be found in the library.

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