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 are concerned about the increased risk of abuse and neglect during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve organised a number of events to address this topic, with guest speakers and participants from across the country. During the first lockdown, 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.