Safeguarding adults is about protecting someone’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect and about preventing the abuse of adults who might be unable to protect themselves. It is something that everyone needs to know about. If you are concerned about someone over the age of 18 who has care and support needs, and you feel they are being abused or at risk of abuse from another person, you should seek help for them. The Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board website has all the information about how to get help and advice.
Safeguarding children is about protecting children and young people under 18 from harm and promoting their well-being. It is something that everyone needs to know about. All children and young people have the right to live in safety, without emotional cruelty, neglect, violence, or sexual abuse.
If you are concerned about a child or young person who is under the age of 18 and you feel they are being abused or at risk of abuse from another person, you should seek help for them.
The pioneering Gaia Centre, funded by the London Borough of Lambeth, was the first of its kind in the UK to offer a ‘single point of access’ for women, girls and men experiencing violence and abuse. This means that anybody experiencing any form of gender-based violence in Lambeth can find all the tailored support they need under one roof. The service supports more than 1,300 clients every year, through one-to-one casework, group work, outreach, independent advocacy and peer support.
SLAM have lots of information about support available in a crisis
You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. The Samaritans can help you if you are worried about someone else too.
The Mix provides free confidential advice and support for anyone under 25. Contact by phone, email, text or webchat. You only need to say as much as you feel comfortable saying and they will discuss with you what kind of support you would like and how (e.g. by phone), options available to you and how you would like to proceed with any further help.
Childline is a free and confidential service for anyone under 18 who wants to talk to someone straight away about any worries they may have, either about themselves or someone they know. This service is open 24 hours and you don’t have to say your real name. You can contact them by phone or email, or use their instant chat services.