Safeguarding and child/adult protection

All adults and children have a right to be protected from harm. Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is of vital importance to our services, and we work closely with partner organisations to do this.

If you have any concerns that a vulnerable adult is at risk or needs help to protect themselves then you should share your concerns following the advice on the Safeguarding Adult Board website.

If you have any concerns that a child is at risk or suffering harm, then you should share your concerns following the advice on the Safeguarding Children Board website.

Easy Read Form for Safeguarding Adults Referral

As a population we know that those with a learning disability are very vulnerable. Both male and females are highly likely to have suffered from sexual abuse. Recent evidence has suggested that for women this is as much as 70% of the female LD population.

People with a learning disability are also likely to suffer from 'mate crime'. This is when a perpetrator befriends the person with an LD then subsequently financially abuses them by taking money.

 'Cuckooing' is when perpetrators use people with an LD's accommodation to run drug supply activities.

For someone with an LD to report abuse is difficult. The Safeguarding Adult Board has recently devised an 'easy read form'.

People with an LD have been told this form can be handed in to their local GP practice. To view the form in full please click here.

Can you spot the signs that could change a child’s life?

The Department of Health and leading national charity The Children’s Society have worked together to develop a new, interactive eLearning course designed to help healthcare staff spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

We are proud to be promoting the training and asking people to make time to take the course, please help us to spread the word.

To take the hour long course, just head over to and complete the eLearning module. One hour of your time could make a vital difference to a child’s whole life.