Safeguarding in Tower Hamlets is everybody’s responsibility

People in Tower Hamlets are urged to help protect and support the welfare of the borough’s most vulnerable children and adults this November, as part of safeguarding month.

Coordinated by Tower Hamlets Council, and supported by Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), safeguarding month brings together health, social care and voluntary organisations through a programme of information events and supporting activities.

The council and CCG already work closely with partner organisations – including the emergency services and voluntary bodies – as part of local safeguarding children and adults boards in order to identify, prevent and intervene promptly in cases of harm, abuse and neglect. Safeguarding month seeks to emphasise the importance of this protection work.

NHS Tower Hamlets CCG Chair Sir Sam Everington said: “It is the responsibility of everybody in the borough to promote and embed the highest standards of safeguarding arrangements. Effective safeguarding is fundamental to the CCG and we work with a range of partner organisations to ensure that the borough’s most vulnerable children and adults are protected from harm.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to foster an effective safeguarding environment in Tower Hamlets, where people are able to live lives free from harm, abuse and neglect.”

Activities include public information and drop-in events around child sexual exploitation and mental health; support sessions for parents, guardians and carers on how to prevent risks to young people; and workshops and seminars for health and social care professionals to support their work in protecting vulnerable children and adults in Tower Hamlets.

If you are worried, or have concerns about a child who you think may be abused, neglected or harmed, contact the Tower Hamlets children’s safeguarding hub on 0207 364 5006.

To raise a concern about a vulnerable adult, call the council’s assessment and intervention team on 0207 364 5005, or go to https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Documents/Adult-care-services/Safeguarding-adults/Safeguarding-Adults-Alert-Form1.pdf to complete an alert form. 

Abuse can also be reported to staff at the borough’s libraries, one-stop shops and leisure centres.