Carers in Bedfordshire recognizes its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of adults, children, and young peoples that we support or who access our services.
Safeguarding is preventing the physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and financial abuse of children, young people and adults who have care and support needs, and acting quickly when abuse is suspected. It can also include neglect, domestic violence, modern slavery, organisational or discriminatory abuse, self-harm, or harming others.
Safeguarding adults means:
Safeguarding children and young people means:
If someone raises a concern about a child, young person or adult with care and support needs who is at risk of abuse or neglect, this is called a ‘safeguarding concern’.
A safeguarding concern is about providing support around the issue and is not there to punish people.
Carers in Bedfordshire has a team of safeguarding leads and a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Adult and Children’s concerns All safeguarding concerns raised are investigated and appropriate referrals are made to the local authority safeguarding team.
Safeguarding training is mandatory for all staff. Staff and volunteers receive appropriate safeguarding training to their role, support and advice. The board of trustees have oversight of safeguarding and have a nominated trustee safeguarding lead.
If there is immediate danger to life call 999.
If you have a safeguarding concern regarding a Carers in Bedfordshire service user, staff member or volunteer, you can report this to one of our designated safeguarding lead (DSL) by calling our main number 0300 111 1919 and ask to speak to a designated safeguarding lead.
Alternatively, you can contact:
If it does not relate to a Carers in Bedfordshire service user, staff member or volunteer, please contact your relevant local authority safeguarding board.
Bedford Borough Council
Reporting Online for an adult: SV1 latest version.docx (live.com)
Reporting Online for an child: Report a concern about a child (bedford.gov.uk)
Report via phone for an adult: 01234 276222 (office hours) 0300 300 8123 (out of office hours)
Report via phone for an child: 01234 718700 (office hours) 0300 300 8123 (out of office hours)
Report via email for adult: firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Bedfordshire Council
Reporting Online for an adult: Protecting vulnerable adults from harm | Central Bedfordshire Council
Report via phone for an adult: 0300 300 8122
Report via phone for an child: 0300 300 8585
Report via email for adult: email@example.com
Report via email for child: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Useful information
To view our policies and procedure go to: Policies – Carers In Bedfordshire (carersinbeds.org.uk)
For more information about all Safeguarding in Bedfordshire please go to: Safeguarding Bedfordshire –
For information about domestic abuse go to: Home – Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (bedsdv.org.uk) or Bedfordshire – Victim Support