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Can somebody please explain what safeguarding means?
"*protecting children from maltreatment preventing impairment of children’s health or development *ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care *taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes"
A safeguarding issue can be raised when anyone is classed as vulnerable. This includes children under 18, and adults who are in receipt of services. It can include an adult in hospital (whether or not they have a disability or not), adults who have carers / support workers, adults who need support from relatives, etc. So if they are at risk because they rely on someone else, then they are at risk of safeguarding issues. This can be because a care home isnt providing the correct services, a relative is not helping with getting the weekly shopping in where that individual could be at risk of malnutrition etc, or where a paid carer is not doing their job. Safeguarding issues can be raised by anyone that is concerned. That can be a neighbour or a friend or a carer etc.