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Safeguarding, adults, children and young people

Safeguarding is a fundamental component of all care provided within the Trust. West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust understands and acknowledges that safeguarding children and adults is everyone’s responsibility and we all have a duty to protect our patients from abuse and harm.

Hertfordshire Safeguarding adults board

The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board is a partnership with many organisations who work with and support adults at risk in Hertfordshire. The board works with organisations to make sure adults at risk are cared for and supported somewhere free from abuse, harassment, violence or aggression both at home and at work.

Domestic Abuse

The Trust is aware that some individuals may be experiencing domestic abuse. The Trust will develop a culture of understanding of the impact of domestic violence has on an individual and make appropriate referrals to specialist services.

Prevent strategy

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker the person you care about can be protected from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work with professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. They are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and share your concerns in confidence.

They can help if you act early. You won't be wasting police time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

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