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."
Whose responsibility is safeguarding?
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.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to safeguarding
We are committed to protecting and supporting vulnerable people including children, young people and adults.
We recognise, and respond 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.
We recognise the significant role we play in partnership with other agencies and work with the adult and childrens' safeguarding boards in Kent and Medway.
We support people by offering the following services:
- Offer and complete free Safe and Well visits to reduce the risk from fire and identify other sources of vulnerability for referral to partner agencies
- Work with other agencies to support the victims of domestic abuse
- Offer advice on arson prevention
- Liaise with Police wherever a hate-crime is suspected of being committed, or information is received that a hate-crime may be about to be committed
In accordance with our legal responsibilities, partnership arrangements and data sharing protocols we share information to assist action by other agencies where the safeguarding of the vulnerable person is outside the scope and capabilities of the Service.
Reporting an allegation and how to protect someone or yourself
Find out how to report, recognise and protect yourself and others from abuse and neglect:
If you think someone is in immediate risk or danger call 999 for the emergency service.
Reporting an allegation about a member of KFRS staff
How do we work with partners?
In Kent and Medway, safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults is a multi-agency responsibility. In Kent and Medway there are up to three tiers in the council system. Parish and Town Councils will liaise with their district or unitary authority, and the district councils will liaise with Kent County Council alongside other partner agencies and bodies, including Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service that have responsibility for undertaking safeguarding functions or supporting the agencies that do.
Kent Safeguarding Boards
Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board (KSCB) and Medway Safeguarding Children’s Board (MSCB) are statutory multi-agency partnerships which bring together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The objective of an SCB is to co-ordinate the activity of each person and agency represented for the purposes of safeguarding.
More information is available:
The Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is a statutory multi-agency partnership which brings together agencies who work to safeguarding vulnerable adults in Kent and Medway.
More information is available on the KCC website
Children and young people
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