What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding means protecting people’s wellbeing, so they can live safely – free from abuse and neglect.
Safeguarding laws apply to everyone under 18, and ‘adults at risk’: those who are less able to protect themselves because of their age, disability, mental or physical health or substance misuse. This includes people living in a care home or hospital, and people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.
Many people were concerned about the increased risk of abuse and neglect during the coronavirus pandemic. We organised a number of events to address this topic, with guest speakers and participants from across the country. During the first lockdown in 2020, we invited Dr Adi Cooper OBE to facilitate a discussion and created a Q&A document with NDTi to support health and social care practitioners.
London Safeguarding Voices Group
The London Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) is currently running an initiative to get people with lived experience at the heart of safeguarding governance and practice across London. Watch the video below to find out out more.