Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

We all have a duty to protect children and young people, whether we’re family, friends, carers or professionals.

Everyone has the human right to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. 'Safeguarding' means protecting vulnerable adults and children who are at risk and need support, and is fundamental to ensuring high quality health and social care.

Here you can find out what to do if you’re concerned about a child’s safety, or you believe that a family could benefit from extra help to prevent their child being harmed.

Information for professionals

Professionals who work with children and families have a statutory duty to help, support and protect children.

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Safeguarding Children and Adults Policy

This policy sets out our statutory requirements to discharge our appropriate accountability for Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk of harm or abuse.

You can find out more about how to safeguard children, and the procedures you and your colleagues must follow, from the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board

Who to contact

Susan Masters
Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children
PA Debra Criddle 01275 885138
Children’s Safeguarding team secure email:

Carole Oriolo 
Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager
Telephone: 01275 885 650

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Whistleblowing policy

This policy has been developed to support and assist staff to bring genuine concerns to the attention of appropriate people within the CCG who can take the relevant action and ensure the high quality of the services provided.

Who is a vulnerable adult?

Abuse can affect anyone, but a vulnerable adult, broadly speaking, is someone who is over 18 years old who has care and support needs and whose ability themselves against abuse or neglect is limited. This can include:

  • disabled people who have physical or sensory impairments
  • people who have learning difficulties
  • people who experience mental ill health
  • older people
  • people who live in care homes
  • people with acquired brain damage
  • people who misuse substances

What is abuse?

Abuse is a violation of an individual's human and civil rights. It may consist of a single act or repeated acts. It can be physical, verbal or psychological, it may be an act or omission to act, or it may occur when a vulnerable person is persuaded to enter into a financial or sexual transaction to which he or she has not consented, or cannot consent. Abuse can occur in any relationship.

What to do if you suspect abuse

Safeguarding vulnerable adults is everybody's business. If you are worried about someone or suspect abuse it is important to tell someone. Doing nothing is not an option.

North Somerset Council have provided some FAQs about safeguarding adults

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Safeguarding Adults and Children at Risk Annual Report 2015-16

This report covers changes to the safeguarding team structure, updates on work undertaken with General Practices to improve the quality of their safeguarding arrangements, the Care Quality Commission Child Safeguarding and Looked after Children Inspection programme preparation and current Serious Case Reviews.

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Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Local Practice Guidelines

Published in January 2014