Everyone has a right to be safe. Safeguarding is the protection of harm from abuse and or neglect.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding all children and adults with care and support needs, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business

We have a duty to make sure everyone receiving care from our services including families and carers, receive safe and effective care.

Six guiding principles of safeguarding

  1. Empowerment: Keeping people informed and consulting them, wherever possible
  2. Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need
  3. Prevention: Identifying risks before they become issues: it’s better to take action before harm occurs
  4. Proportionality: Proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  5. Partnership: Safeguarding is most effective where strong partnerships are developed, delivering local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have an important part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
  6. Accountability: Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.