What does safeguarding mean?

Safeguarding is protecting adults at risk or children from physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect.  It is always unacceptable for a child, young person or an adult at risk to experience abuse of any kind and Breckland Council recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk, by a commitment to practice which protects them

The law states that a vulnerable adult is a person who is or who may be in need of community care services because of their:

  • Mental health
  • Disabilities
  • Age
  • Illness
  • A person who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself
  • A person who is unable to protect him or herself against serious harm or being taken advantage of

Our responsibilities

As a local authority, we have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of:

  • children
  • young people
  • adults

We play a lead role in this. But remember safeguarding and protecting people from harm is everyone's responsibility.

All who have contact with children, young people and adults at risk from abuse or neglect, have a role to play.

View our safeguarding policy

What to do if you're worried about someone

 If you have concerns about the welfare of someone in Norfolk please contact:

All calls are taken seriously and can be taken in confidence.

Last updated: 26/02/2021 11:20:59