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. 

What is Safeguarding

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 is everyone’s responsibility!

Safeguarding adults means: 

  • Protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. 
  • People and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risk and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the person’s wellbeing is promoted, including where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. 

Safeguarding children and young people means: 

  • Protecting them 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. 
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances. 

What is a safeguarding concern?

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. 

How we manage safeguarding

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. 

Do you have a concern or worry?

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. 

Local safeguarding team

Bedford Borough Council  

Reporting Online for an adult: SV1 latest version.docx (  

Reporting Online for an child: Report a concern about a child ( 

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:  

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: 

Report via email for child:  

Other Useful information 

To view our policies and procedure go to: Policies – Carers In Bedfordshire ( 

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 ( or Bedfordshire – Victim Support