An Introduction to Child & Adult Safeguarding

These five powerful videos cover key knowledge and case examples of both children and adult safeguarding. The videos were produced by the London Borough of Haringey. We thank them for the time and effort they put into creating these excellent learning resources. 


Video 1: What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and protect them from harm.

Every single person who comes into contact with children, families and adults at risk has a role to play. You need to know what to do if you have any concerns about someone's welfare and think that they may be in need of protection. Effective safeguarding is done through working together with colleagues and different agencies.


Video 2: Understanding Abuse - Part 1

Safeguarding is everyone's business. There are many different types of abuse and it's important that you are able to recognise signs of different types of abuse.

​Safeguarding children and adults is a legal duty. The Care Act 2014 placed the protection of adults on the same statutory footing as children. There are additional types of abuse covered in the Care Act 2014 including Organisational Abuse, Self-Neglect and Modern Slavery.


Video 3: Understanding Abuse - Part 2

Safeguarding is a power we can use to prevent and stop abuse in all parts of our borough. All professionals need to pay attention and report concerns.

Abuse can happen anywhere and by anyone. Children and adults at risk are vulnerable to abuse or neglect including by their own families. Reporting concerns can change the outcome for vulnerable people. Safeguarding children and adults at risk requires us to notice additional types of abuse such as cyber bullying and online abuse.


Video 4: Signs & Indicators

Often signs of abuse can be hidden or subtle. You need to pay attention to your instincts or ‘gut feelings’. If you notice something that does not seem right, you must report this to Lambeth Social Care.

​Sudden changes in appearance, behaviour or mood, may be signs of abuse. Inappropriate sexualised conduct or conversation can be an indicator of sexual abuse. If a vulnerable person is often seen hungry, unkempt and unclean, this could be a sign of neglect or self-neglect (if an adult).


Video 5: Taking Action

If you spot signs of abuse, the most important thing to do is – tell someone. This could be your line manager or manager’s manager. You can always call Lambeth Social Care and report this directly.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can still report your concerns. You don’t need evidence of abuse or neglect to report your concerns - only ‘an appearance’ of something that does not seem right.

Social Care will investigate your concerns to establish the facts around what is happening and work with the individual, family or organisation to address whatever is going on. Safeguarding is about protecting vulnerable children or adults, but it is also about working with individuals and families to understand their needs and what support may be needed.

Mental Capacity Week events

Community training and events

Understanding Safeguarding Adults logo

LSAB Community Reference Group

The LSAB Community Reference Group work together to build a programme of events to help raise awareness and understanding of safeguarding in Lambeth. 

News of any planned events will be posted here. 


Understanding Adult Safeguarding - Introductory Training resource

The LSAB Community Reference Group have developed an introductory training resource. The slides are accompanied by facilitator training notes to support Safeguarding Leads and Safeguarding Champions to deliver this learning to volunteers and community groups. 

Engage for Change

Engage for Change is a national training programme which offers a range of online and face-to-face accessible training programmes, designed to strengthen people's choice and control over their care and improve their ability to influence the health and social care services that affect their lives.

For more information about the training programmes offered, please visit their website or contact / 01274 256 919.

Lambeth Safeguarding Masterclasses

VAWG Training programme

Lambeth Council, and its partners, provides a range of free training on all areas of VAWG to professionals working with Lambeth residents who are at risk of, or are experiencing gender based violence. We also offer bespoke training to agencies on an outreach basis to ensure the sessions are relevant to particular client groups.

E-learning sources

Health Education England offer a wider range of open access e-learning courses, covering, Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity Act and much more.

To register, visit Health Education England's e-learning platform.  

Below are various links to further online training in regards to a range of safeguarding issues.

We have also outlined other sources of possible learning and development opportunities which can be accessed online.

Social Care Institute for Excellence


The Social Care Institute for Excellence has a wealth of resources and offers training targeting care providers, housing providers, local authorities, the NHS and police to safeguard adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

For more information, visit their website

Learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews

 We have produced learning materials from local Safeguarding Adults Reviews, including 'Team Talking Points' for SAR Martin.



Responding to self-neglect; short animation (links to SAR Martin)

Click here to read the full SAR Reports.