Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all staff who, during the course of their employment, have direct or indirect contact with children and families and vulnerable adults or who have access to information about them, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
There is a duty on organisations to make appropriate arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Also government guidance makes it clear that it is a shared responsibility, and depends upon effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise.
What is safeguarding?
The Government has defined the term 'safeguarding' as:
"The process of protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are living in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables them to have optimum life chances."
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service's commitment to safeguarding
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is committed to protecting and supporting vulnerable people including children, young people or adults.
The Service not only recognises, and responds to, the risk from fire, road traffic collisions and other life threatening scenarios but across a broader range of themes associated with those who may be at risk from harm.
In accordance with its legal responsibilities, partnership arrangements and data sharing protocols share information to assist action by other agencies where the safeguarding of the vulnerable person is outside the scope and capabilities of the Service.
Concerns or support
If you have any concerns and would like support with any issues - the following organisations can offer help and advice: