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."
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's commitment to safeguarding
Cheshire 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.
The Service recognises the significant role it can play in partnership with other agencies and works with the adult and childrens' safeguarding boards for Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington. The Service also works with Age Cheshire to support people aged over 65 and domestic abuse agencies for those people that are at heightened risk of suffering harm, abuse, crime or neglect.
The Service will support people by offering the following services:
Offer and complete Home Safety Assessments to reduce the risk from fire and identify other sources of vulnerability for referral to partner agencies
Work with other agencies to support the victims of domestic abuse
Offer advice on arson prevention around domestic and commercial premises
Offer and complete Contact Assessments to over 65s to identify areas of need that may be referred to Age UK (Cheshire/Halton), or Access Social Care (Warrington) for support.
Liaise with Police wherever a hate-crime is suspected of being committed, or information is received that a hate-crime may be about to be committed
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.
Staying Safe was a major consultation which provided the opportunity for the Government to consult with parents, children, young people, our partners and the children's workforce on children's safety.
In response to the consultation the Government published the Staying Safe Action Plan.
The Action Plan outlines the key commitments the Government will be taking forward over the current Comprehensive Spending Review period (April 2008 - March 2011) to improve children and young people's safety.
Staying safe action plan (new window PDF 689 kb)
Safeguarding children 2008 - summary (new window PDF 711 kb)
A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote welfare of children (new window PDF 2.5 mb)
For further guidance on Safeguarding
Cheshire West and Chester Council (opens in new window)
Cheshire East Council - Social Care and Health (opens in new window)
Halton Borough Council (opens in new window)
Warrington Borough Council (opens in new window)
Kidzone - for games and safety advice for children
Child safety week
Concerns or support
If you have any concerns and would like support with any issues - the following organisations can offer help and advice:
Childline (opens in new window)
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (opens in new window)
Crimestoppers (opens in new window)
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