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Safeguarding policy

How we safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults

Our responsibilities

As a local authority, we have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of:

  • children
  • young people
  • adults

We play a lead role in this. But safeguarding and protecting people from harm is everyone’s responsibility. All who have contact with children, young people and adults at risk from abuse or neglect, have a role to play.

The legal framework

Section 11 of the 2004 Children Act places a duty on individuals and organisations to ensure that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a priority. It’s something we consider in every function we carry out as a council.

The Care Act 2014 places a duty on us, and other professionals, to safeguards adults. We have a responsibility to co-operate with other partners to prevent, reduce and delay the development of the need for care and support.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is protecting children, young people and adults experiencing, or at risk, from abuse or neglect. It includes:

  • promoting the welfare of people
  • protecting people from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to people’s health and development
  • ensuring children and young people grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable everyone experiencing, or at risk from, abuse or neglect to have the best outcomes

Within the council we:

  • raise awareness of safeguarding to make staff aware of their responsibilities
  • have robust recruitment procedures where proper checks are carried out for all staff and volunteers
  • will ensure contractors and funded organisations have safeguarding policies and procedures in place (where appropriate)

View our safeguarding policy

What to do if you're worried about someone

Our Safeguarding Policy is aimed at the staff and volunteers working for and with us, rather than the general public. If you have concerns about the welfare of someone in Norfolk please contact:

  • Norfolk County Council Social Services on 0344 800 8020, or;
  • in an emergency, call 999