County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust are committed to
the principles of the Care Act of 2015, which sets out a clear
legal framework for organisations to protect vulnerable adults who
are at risk of abuse or neglect.
The act creates a legal framework for key organisations and
individuals with responsibilities for adult safeguarding, to agree
on how they must work together and what roles they must play, to
keep adults at risk safe. This gives the safeguarding adults board
a clear basis in law.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
services are covered by two Safeguarding Partnerships:
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are a partner
The Safeguarding Boards are statutory bodies that set the
strategic direction for safeguarding. As a trust, CDDFT sign up to
policies and procedures put in place by the Safeguarding
The partnerships are responsible for protecting and promoting an
adult's right to live an independent life in safety, free from
abuse and neglect from within County Durham and Darlington.
There are many forms of abuse
Reporting suspected acts of abuse - don't tolerate it,
don't ignore it, do report it!
You can report serious abuse and neglect to the police by
calling 999 in an emergency.
If you are worried or want to talk to someone about any form of
abuse described above, contact your local Social Care Direct
service. The contact details can be found within the links
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
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