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Safeguarding children and adults at risk

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding describes the actions taken to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and to protect them from harm.

Safeguarding is everybody's business and all staff and volunteers play a part in keeping children and adults at risk safe. This includes ensuring we act according to safer working practice principles, consider safety in all aspects of work, and know what to do if you have a worry about a child or adult at risk.

We ensure that all staff and volunteers understand how to play their part by ensuring:

  • We protect children, young people and adults at risk from abuse and harm by appropriately responding to any concerns
  • We prevent harm to children, young people and adults at risk by making sure the way we work keeps people safe and does not place them at risk of harm.

We can do this by:

  • making sure we have and follow good safeguarding policies and procedures accessible by all
  • ensuring all staff and volunteers understand safeguarding in relation to their role and the part they play in keeping people safe
  • providing safeguarding training for all staff and volunteers.

What does this mean for you as a local group?

Your meetings and events provide much needed support and information to people living with diabetes and their families.

We have a simple guide – Keeping Safe and Legal, Health, Safety and Welfare (PDF, 3MB) – to help you consider the safety and welfare of everyone involved with your group

What do I do if I have a worry about a child or adult at risk?

See our flowchart (PDF, 60KB) for what to do if you are worried about a child or adult at risk.

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I’d like to run an event for children what do I need to do?

If you would like to run an event for children please speak to your local team for specific for approval.

In order to make sure all events are safe and legal and covered by our insurance we have guidance for planning safe events for children (Word, 101KB).

Regional and National Safeguarding Leads

Eastern and Midlands regions:

Suzanne Smith
Tel: 020 7424 2606

London and South East:

David Cronin

Tel: 020 3757 7857 

North West and Northern & Yorkshire regions:

Jennifer Shaw
Tel: 01925 644 578

Northern Ireland:

Arlene Creighton 
Tel: 020 7424 2404

Scotland:

Allan Kirkwood
Tel: 020 7424 2509

South West:

Gemma Jackson 
Tel: 020 7424 2103

Wales:

Rhian Liddiard
Tel: 020 7424 2205

We also have a dedicated safeguarding team you can contact on 020 7424 1047 or email safeguarding@diabetes.org.uk.

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