Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It's fundamental to high-quality health and social care.
Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:
- Protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development
- Making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care
Safeguarding adults includes:
- Protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect
- People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening
- Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account