Safeguarding children and adults

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is a primary concern, and statutory duty of the council.

We all have a duty to protect children and adults from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

We are committed to carrying out our responsibilities to safeguard our residents by putting in a place a package of measures and inventions that support the most vulnerable.

What does Safeguarding mean?

The term ‘safeguarding’ can apply to both children and adults, to protect those from harm and promoting their welfare.

Safeguarding Policy

We have our own Safeguarding Policy which sets our approach in protecting vulnerable people from harm.

Our role as a borough council is, to share information with, and to make referrals to the safeguarding authority, Kent County Council (KCC).

We also have a duty to work in partnership with other key agencies such the as the local Safeguarding Boards. These partnerships, bring together representatives of each of the main agencies and professionals responsible for promoting the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults in the county.

For more information on safeguarding children, visit the Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership. For information on adult safeguarding, visit the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board.

Reporting a concern

If you are concerned that a child or adult is at immediate risk of harm, always call 999.

Kent County Council lead on safeguarding concerns for children and adults. See KCC website for details on how to report safeguarding concerns.

Key contact details:

If you are a child, you can visit Childline or NSPCC for general advice on abuse and what to do if you or someone you know needs help. You can also call, email, or instant chat with someone.