Helping to keep service users, their families and local communities safe from violence, abuse or neglect is essential when providing care for people with mental health problems. This often requires partnership working with other agencies to reduce the risks and the potential damage that can occur to people experiencing violence, abuse or neglect.
Our aim is to help people to recognise and deal with risks to themselves or others as confidentially as possible.
Safeguarding in AWP is underpinned by:
- Up to date policies and processes to safeguard children and adults at risk and to protect the public
- Staff trained in local safeguarding procedures
- Board level leadership and a specialist team that provides advice and support for practitioners in safeguarding people within their practice
- Active membership of local safeguarding and public protection multi agency partnerships working together with other agencies
- Listening to the safety concerns of service users and carers, families and communities
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If a child or an adult is at risk of harm...
- Tell an AWP member of staff (e.g. care co-ordinator, named nurse, doctor or Trust PALS team) about your concerns.
- Contact the local council's child services or social services to inform them of any concerns about the abuse of a child or adult.
- Contact your local police on 101 if concerned that an offence may have occurred.
- Contact the police on 999 if somebody is in immediate danger of significant harm, injury or death.
The following pages provide useful additional information for you on how we can work together to keep people safe...