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What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is about keeping people safe from harm. This includes protecting your right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.


What is abuse?

Abuse is a violation of someone’s human and civil rights by another person or group of people. The person causing harm may be known to the person suffering abuse. They may be in a position of trust and power. They may be a professional in healthcare, social care or education. They could be a friend, relative or neighbour. Abuse can happen anywhere, including at home or in public places. It can happen at school or college, or in resource centres or accommodation services. Abuse can be a single incident or repeated acts of abuse and neglect. Types of abuse can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Domestic violence or abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse

What do you do if you, or someone you know, is being abused?

If you think you are being abused or neglected, there are some things you can do:

  • Tell someone you trust, such as a friend, family member or a professional who will understand the situation and help you to take action.
  • Talk about your concerns with a professional, such as a support worker or social worker.
  • Talk to the police or ask someone you trust to help you to speak to the police.


For further information please see below:

Children and young people section of the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board

Safeguarding  adults information leaflet