What does Safeguarding mean?

Do you know what the term safeguarding means? Waltham Forest Council have created a short video aimed at volunteers, which explains what this means. Find out more.
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The term safeguarding can be confusing but as a volunteer it is important for you to understand what this means and what you need to do if you come across a safeguarding concern.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is about protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect, which can be:

  • physical,
  • emotional,
  • sexual and
  • financial

During lockdown these issues may get worse so its vital you know what to look out for and who to contact if you do notice a problem.

Watch this short video from Waltham Forest Council, which explains in simple terms exactly what Safeguarding is. Remember: if you see something, say something.

Safeguarding awareness for volunteers

How to report an issue

To report a safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult in Bath and North East Somerset contact Virgin Care Adult Safeguarding Team and for a child contact Children and Families Assessment and Intervention Team.

If you think someone is in immediate danger please call 999.

Talk to us

If you are still looking for information about safeguarding or are not sure where to go to report an issue, speak to one of the team.

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