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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all staff who, during the course of their employment, have direct or indirect contact with children and families and vulnerable adults or who have access to information about them, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

There is a duty on organisations to make appropriate arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Also, government guidance makes it clear that it is a shared responsibility, and depends upon effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise.

What is safeguarding?

The Government has defined the term 'safeguarding' as:   

"The process of protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are living in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables them to have optimum life chances."

What is Abuse?

The ill-treatment or abuse of a child or Adult (sometimes called significant harm) could involve:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional/ Psychological Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Self-Neglect
  • Financial Abuse
  • Discriminatory Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Modern Slavery  

More information on these categories 

Our commitment to safeguarding

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is committed to protecting and supporting vulnerable people including children, young people or adults.

The Service not only recognises, and responds to, the risk from fire, road traffic collisions and other life-threatening scenarios but across a broader range of themes associated with those who may be at risk from harm.

The Service recognises the significant role it can play in partnership with other agencies and works with the adult and children’s safeguarding boards for Brighton and Hove and East Sussex.

The Service will support people by:    

  • Taking a proactive role in local children’s and adults safeguarding boards
  • Carrying out Home Safety Visits to reduce the risk from fire and other sources and identify other areas of vulnerability for referral to partner agencies
  • Actively supporting the White Ribbon Campaign against domestic violence
  • Ensuring all staff and community volunteers complete safeguarding training
  • Raise awareness among staff of modern slavery and actions to be taken if they suspect people are being exploited
  • Work in partnership with The Portal & RISE who work with individuals, families and communities across England and Wales that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse, and anti-social behaviour

Useful links for advice and support 

     A charity providing sanctuary and support in Sussex since 1994.  
East Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board website
Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Adults Board website
East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board Website
Latest update : 02 June 2021
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