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 will support people by offering the following services:
Offer and complete home fire safety visits 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
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.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
Safeguarding Children Policy (new window, PDF 522KB)
Children and Young People
Children Act 1989 (opens in new window)
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 (opens in new window)
Care Act 2014 (opens in new window)
No Secrets 2015 (opens in new window)
For further guidance on Safeguarding
Cheshire West and Chester Council (opens in new window)
Cheshire East Council (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
Children and Young People
Childline (opens in new window)
NSPCC (opens in new window)
Young Minds (opens in new window)
CEOP (opens in new window)
Samaritans (opens in new window)
Crimestoppers (opens in new window)
MIND (opens in new window)
National Centre for Domestic Violence (opens in new window)