What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding refers to the processes in place that protect children and adults at risk from harm. They aim to protect a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse or neglect.

Abuse or neglect can often be prevented if concerns are raised as early as possible, referred to as early intervention.

Services in East Riding work together to support safeguarding including health, local authority, police and other third sector services. This also allows work with individuals and families to be coordinated, reducing duplication and improving outcomes.

safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

Children services

Children’s services support children and young people, along with their families, up to the age of 18 years. Children’s social services will triage any referrals received and send it to the most appropriate service, supporting early intervention.

East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership

The purpose of the ERSCP is to oversee and co-ordinate all of work undertaken within the East Riding to keep children safe. It is a partnership between the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Humberside Police and the East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group working alongside other relevant agencies.

The aim is to create a system where:

  • children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted
  • partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children
  • organisations and agencies challenge appropriately and hold one another to account effectively
  • there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threats
  • learning is promoted and embedded in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and implement changes to practice
  • information is shared effectively to facilitate more accurate and timely decision making for children and families

(Source: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018)

Learn more about children’s services on the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

Adult services

Adult services support people aged 18 years and over, with care and support needs. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse, while at the same time making sure that the adult's wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. Adult social care can be contacted where there is an identified need for care and support or to report abuse.

East Riding Safeguarding Adult Board

The board's aims are to:

  • stop abuse or neglect wherever possible
  • prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs
  • safeguard adults in a way that supports the adult in making choices and having control over the way they live
  • promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adult concerned.

Learn more about adult services on the East Riding Safeguarding Adults website.

What to do if you need help

If you have been hurt by anybody, or someone has done something that makes you feel upset or scared, it is important that you tell somebody you trust so that you can get the support and protection you need. Everybody who works or volunteers with children, young people and vulnerable adults has a responsibility to protect them from harm.

More information

For more information on different types of abuse, you can visit the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership website or the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board website.