Safeguarding means protecting children and adults from abuse, maltreatment, and harm to their health. It also includes protecting children’s development and ensuring they grow up with safe and effective care. Safeguarding children and adults is important and is everyone’s responsibility.
A new website which brings together key information and support on safeguarding into one easily accessible website has gone live.
The new Warwickshire Safeguarding website (produced jointly by Warwickshire’s adult and children’s safeguarding boards) is a new website for adults, children, young people, families and professionals aimed at keeping everyone in Warwickshire safe from harm, abuse and neglect.
The website provides clear and straightforward information to individuals who may be victims of abuse or neglect, their family, friends and people who work with them. It also contains important information about current safeguarding issues, how to recognise the signs and where to report any concerns.
The site is easy to navigate. Information can be translated into different languages and accessed through a screen reader.
See below for some quick tips on what to do in situations where safeguarding is an issue. Please note: the new Warwickshire Safeguarding website (link above) should be your primary source of information.
- If you feel you may be being abused or neglected tell someone you trust immediately. This can be a family member, friend, your doctor, nurse, care worker, Police officer or a housing officer. All of these people will be able to help you.
- If you feel an adult is experiencing, or is at risk from, abuse or neglect but is unable to look after themselves contact Adult Social Care on 019 2641 2080. The adult social care teams can offer advice and support to you and, where necessary, arrange appropriate services.
- If you are worried about any child and think they may be a victim of neglect, abuse or cruelty contact MASH during office hours on 019 2641 4144 or outside office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 019 2688 6922.
To report a crime or raise a concern about abuse with Warwickshire Police, you can phone their non-emergency number on 101. In an emergency situation always call the Police by ringing 999.