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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.

Safeguarding during Covid-19

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.