What is safeguarding?
- Safeguarding applies to both adults and children.
Children’s safeguarding is shaped by the Children Act 1989, but the key statutory
guidance for faith groups is ‘Working together to safeguard children’
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from maltreatment;
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the
provision of safe and effective care;
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
The Care Act 2014 provides the legal basis for adult safeguarding. Under it, adults
with care and support needs at risk of or experiencing abuse and unable to prevent it
themselves must be supported.
‘Vulnerable adult’ means a person aged 18 or over whose ability to protect himself or
herself from violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation is significantly impaired through
physical or mental disability or illness, old age, emotional fragility or distress, or
otherwise; and for that purpose, the reference to being impaired is to being temporarily
or indefinitely impaired
To read the full eparchy safe guarding policy, please download the full document from the below link.