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Safeguarding adults

Safeguarding adults is everybody's business, and all staff within health services have a responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of patients and colleagues. Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person.

For more information, visit our information on Safeguarding Adults.

Safeguarding children

Keeping children safe is the responsibility of all professionals and everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Nothing is more important than children's welfare. Children who need help and protection deserve high quality and effective support as soon as a need is identified. Read more 

Counter Terrorism police 'Act Early' safeguarding website campaign

The website is designed to help you act early if someone close to you is acting strange or becoming a stranger. 

It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent. This is where you can act early and tell them your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting their time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

Spotting the signs

More important than any one sign is the feeling that something is not right. Friends and family are often the first to spot worrying changes taking place. These can be big or small changes that take place very quickly or over a longer period. Trust your instincts and if you’re concerned seek advice.

Share a concern

Call the national police Prevent advice line 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share your concerns with specially trained Prevent officers. The advice line is open 9am–5pm every day. 

Click here for more information.