Safeguarding

Safeguarding is designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm, abuse or neglect, and remove them from abusive situations.
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Safe guarding children

The North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (NSSCB) works to safeguard and promote local child welfare.  

It does this by:

  • Coordinating the safeguarding work of member agencies so that it is effective.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and when necessary, challenging the effectiveness of the work.
  • Advising on ways to improve safeguarding performance.

In order to:

  • Protect children and young people from maltreatment.
  • Prevent their impairment of health and development.
  • Ensure that they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Enable them to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

Report your concerns if you think a child or young person is being abused or at risk of abuse by contacting the Care Connect service, which is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, on 01275 888 808

Outside of these hours, you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615 165.  If the line is engaged you should leave your name and number on the answering machine and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Police station on 0845 670 000 or if a child is in immediate danger dial 999.

Safe guarding vulnerable adults

 

An adult at risk of abuse is someone aged 18 or over who may be unable to take care, speak out, or protect themselves against abuse or exploitation.

Abuse is behaviour towards a person that causes harm, puts their life in danger, or violates their rights. This includes:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • psychological abuse
  • financial or material abuse
  • slavery
  • discriminatory abuse
  • organisational abuse
  • neglect

Report your concerns if you think an adult is being abused or at risk of abuse by contacting the Care Connect service, which is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, on 01275 888 801 or by emailing care.connect@n-somerset.gov.uk

Outside of these hours, you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615 165.  If the line is engaged you should leave your name and number on the answering machine and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Police station on 0845 670 000 or if an adult is in immediate danger dial 999.

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