Information about Safeguarding

What is safeguarding?

Every adult and child has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect.

What could be a safeguarding concern?

Here are some of the types of abuse where a safeguarding concern might be present.

  • Physical Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Modern Slavery
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Discrimination
  • Self neglect 
  • Psychological 
  • Neglect

If you have any concerns about a child, or adult with needs for care and support you can call Essex County Council - on 0345 603 7627 in regard to a child or 0345 603 7630 in regard to an adult.

In an emergency call 999

Safeguarding Policy

The Council's Safeguarding Policy was reviewed in September 2019; it provides information on key people and processes.

At a strategic level, RDC’s main safeguarding role is to work together with other agencies to ensure safeguarding practice across the District.  RDC follows the advice of the Essex Safeguarding Adult Board and the Essex Safeguarding Children Board and also participates in audits and key reviews, making recommendations as appropriate.

At an operational level, RDC’s employees, contractors, members, partnerships, and voluntary services have a role to play in the reporting of safeguarding concerns, and all necessary guidance and support to do this is in place.