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.
The statutory inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié and the first joint Chief Inspectors report on safeguarding children highlighted the lack of priority status given to safeguarding. The government response to these findings included the Green Paper Every Child Matters and the provisions in the Children Act 2004. Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places a duty on all agencies to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 also places statutory duties on organisations and individuals.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is not just the province of those working directly with these groups of people.
•Injuries that are the shape of objects
•injuries in a variety of stages or injuries that have not received medical attention
•A person being taken to many different places to receive medical attention
•Dehydration or unexplained weight changes or medication being lost
•Behaviour that indicates that the person is afraid or avoiding the perpetrator
•Change of behaviour
•Sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy
•Tears or bruises in genital/anal areas
•Soreness when sitting
•Signs that someone is trying to take control of their body image, for example, anorexia, bulimia or self-harm
•Difficulty gaining access to the adult on their own
•The adult not getting access to medical care or appointments with other agencies
•Low self-esteem or lack of confidence and anxiety
•Increased levels of confusion
•Increased urinary or faecal incontinence
•The person feeling/acting as if they are being watched all of the time
•Decreased ability to communicate
•language being used that is not usual for the service user
•Deference/submission to the perpetrator
•Sudden loss of assets
•Unusual or inappropriate financial transactions
•Visitors whose visits always coincide with the day a person’s benefits are cashed
•Insufficient food in the house
•Bills not being paid
•A sense that the person is being tolerated in the house due to the income they bring in; sometimes with that person not included in the activities the rest of the family enjoys
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