What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding means protecting people’s wellbeing, so they can live safely – free from abuse, harm and neglect. There are laws in place to protect children (anyone under 18).
Safeguarding laws also apply to adults at risk: people who aren’t able to protect themselves against abuse or neglect, for example 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 implications for safeguarding during the coronavirus pandemic. Following an informative talk from Dr Adi Cooper OBE (Independent Chair of the City & Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board), we’ve created a useful Q&A document together with NDTi to support health and social care practitioners at this time.