What is Safeguarding?
This is defined as protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, enabling them to live free from harm, abuse, and neglect. It is fundamental to high-quality health and social care.
Adult at risk
This is a person aged 18 or over in need of care and support, or someone already receiving care and support and, as a result, is unable to protect himself/herself from harm, abuse or neglect.
Child or young person
This is any person, male or female, under the age of 18 in need of care and support, or someone already receiving care and support and, as a result, is unable to protect himself/herself from harm, abuse or neglect.
What to do
If you are being abused, know of someone who is being abused or think someone may be at risk, it is important that you inform the right people.
We want to reassure you that the people who you talk to will take your concerns seriously and can provide support, guidance and take action to ensure the safety of everyone.
Please speak to a member of staff who will help you get the help you need. All our staff are trained in confidentiality and safeguarding.
We will support you.
Who can abuse?
Abuse can occur anywhere such as at home, in a care setting, hospital, college, school, in public places. It could be from:
- Family members or friends
- Other patients or those at risk
- Young people
- Care workers or volunteers
Do not delay. If you suspect or know that someone is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, report it immediately!
Safeguarding is the responsibility of everybody.
Types of abuse
There are many types of abuse such as:
Hitting, biting, shaking, pushing
Any sexual contact which is nonconsensual
Humiliation, intimidation, verbal abuse
Ignoring or refusing basic care needs
Inability to care for oneself
Values, beliefs or culture results in a misuse of power
Misuse of power and lack of respect by professionals, poor practice
Use of an individual's funds without consent or authorisation
ncludes human trafficking, servitude and forced labour
These are just some examples of how people can be abused or neglected through actions directed towards them that cause harm, endanger them or violate their rights.
Our safeguarding lead is Dr Laura Wilson but please do not hesitate to contact any member of our practice team if you have safeguarding concerns.
If you are concerned about a child
West Sussex: Integrated Front Door
Contact Integrated Front Door 01403 229900; out of hours 0330 222 6664 or visit the Integrated Front Door website to find out more and make an online referral for additional support. If it is an emergency, or if the child is at immediate risk, call the police on 999.
If you are concerned about an adult
West Sussex: Carepoint
Contact on 01243 642121; out of hours 033 022 27007 or visit the Carepoint website to find out more and make an online referral for additional support.
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