What is Safeguarding
Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.
Any child can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or religion.
The government has enacted legislation and published guidance to protect children from maltreatment, prevent the impairment of children’s health or development, ensure children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and enable children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Responsibility for these aims is deemed to lie with everyone who comes into contact with children and families.
Adults in need of safeguarding help are generally elderly and frail, and either live alone or in care homes with little support from family members. They may have mental health issues, a physical disability or learning difficulties.
Reporting a safeguarding issue.
You should contact the social care department at the local authority if you are concerned about a child or a vulnerable adult. If you can’t get through to your council, you can call the CQC on 03000 616161. See http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/safeguarding-people
Promoting a safe church:
[ https://www.churchofengland.org/media/37405/promotingasafechurch.pdf ] seeks to raise the awareness of members of the Church of England of the needs of adults both within society in general and more particularly within the church community. The document should be read in conjunction with the Church of England documents Protecting all God’s children (2004):
[ https://www.churchofengland.org/media/37378/protectingallgodschildren.pdf ] and Responding to domestic abuse – guidance for those with pastoral responsibilities (2006).
[ https://www.churchofengland.org/media/1163604/domesticabuse.pdf ]
Society is recognizing that people are being harmed when they are vulnerable for various reasons whether permanently or on a temporary basis and this abuse can take place in their own homes, in residential care, at work or in other activities including those provided by the Church.
Some adults, who do not see themselves as ‘vulnerable’ under our working definition, may still find themselves exploited, bullied or abused. The safeguarding of adults when harm occurs is the responsibility of everyone.
Awareness of the ways people can suffer harm encourages church members to be vigilant both within and outside the church community. There is a particular responsibility for members of the Church to ensure that all people are treated with respect and that any complaints against church workers are dealt with promptly and fairly. Safeguarding adults within the Church is based on sound pastoral care and good practice.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser can provide advice on policy and consultation on individual cases and local issues. He is also the nominated person for allegations of misconduct affecting children or vulnerable adults. He can assist with advice on supporting survivors of abuse, those involved in domestic abuse and allegations of harassment. More from the Diocese at: http://www.oxford.anglican.org/mission-ministry/safeguarding/
There is useful information to be found at the council website http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/safeguarding this include links to the Bracknell Forest Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board websites.