Safeguarding adults and children

Safeguarding adults

Some adults are less able to protect themselves than others and may experience difficulty in making their feelings and needs known to others.  This can make them more vulnerable to abuse.  They may also be in need of care services by reason of mental health problems, physical or learning disability, age or illness.

If you have any concerns about a vulnerable adult, please see the links to the right hand side of the page for information on the Safeguarding Adults Board and how to report your concerns to Essex Social Services.

Safeguarding Children

Section 11 of the Children Act (2004), Places a duty to make "arrangements to safeguard and promote welfare" on a range of agencies, including District Council's.  This includes making arrangements to ensure that all council functions are discharged having regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young children.

Working together to safeguard Children 2010 defines safeguarding as

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

The named safeguarding leads for Braintree District Council are  

  • Cherie Root (Acting Corporate Director)
  • Tracey Parry (Community Safety Manager)