Safeguarding adults and children
Hill View Surgery has a statutory duty of care towards children (Section 11 Children Act 2004) and to adults at risk. Having safeguards in place within any organisation not only protects and promotes the welfare of children and adults at risk. Protecting children and adults from abuse and neglect, preventing impairment of health and development, and ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care enables them to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.
Who Protects children and vulnerable adults?
All the the above have certain responsibilities, some of these include to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (this is in legislation).
Adults are not currently protected by legislation but this will be being added shortly.
Fears and anxieties about reporting an incidentyou witness
What if I got it wrong?
What if I make things worse?
What if I spoil the relationship between us?
Worried about my safety
Worried about being judged as interfering
Ensure safeguarding policies are in place and make sure you reference the procedures for adults and children.
Adults can suffer the same type of abuse as children but also additional
Sexual- BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Physical-BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Emotional-BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Institutional (care homes etc)
Discrimination abuse- failure to protect due to age, gender, race etc
Trilogy of risk
What to do if you have concerns
Tell patient or careers
Inform your safeguarding lead
Record the information (date witness’s what happened and time)
Cooperate with and referrals to the police or social services