Safeguarding - Children & Adults

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Safeguarding is everyone's business and responsibility. We all have a part to play in preventing, identifying and reporting neglect and abuse of children and vulnerable adults. We have put measures in place and work with other agencies/organisations to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Safeguarding policy statement

The health, safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk is of the highest importance to St Albans City and District Council and we are committed to our duties under the Children Act and the Care Act in order to safeguard children and adults at risk. Our safeguarding policy applies to children, young people and adults at risk regardless of: age, ability, belief, culture, disability, gender. language, race, religion or sexuality.

The council aims to maintain the highest standards of professional practice in its dealings with the client group. Our policy and procedures reflect guidance contained in the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Board's Procedures and Government Guidance.


A child is defined as someone who has not yet reached the age of 18.

An adult at risk is defined as any person aged 18 years and over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of age, illness, learning or physical disability, mental health issues or sensory impairment and who is or may be unable to take care of him/herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or serious exploitation.


This can take a variety of forms including domestic abuse, emotional, exposure to extremism, financial, modern slavery, neglect, physical and sexual.


If a child or adult at risk is in immediate danger call 999.

If you are concerned that abuse could be taking place but there is no immediate danger, please call the numbers below: 

CHILDREN 0300 123 4043

ADULTS 0300 123 4042

Full Safeguarding information can be found on the following websites:

Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Date of last review: 30 July 2019