What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is protecting children from maltreatment; preventing the impairment of health or development; ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is the activity taken to protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect.
An adult at risk of abuse is anyone aged 18 years or over; Who may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.
Safeguarding children and adults from abuse is everybody’s business. We all share a responsibility to ensure that every person in society is treated with dignity and respect and protected from others who may abuse them. Milton Keynes has separate children’s and adults safeguarding boards who have representatives from multiple agencies including Milton Keynes Council, health services, police, voluntary sector and inspection and regulation services, who work together to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults.
- Further information on the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board
Last Updated: 21 May 2020