At Cornerstone House, all colleagues receive regular training on safeguarding and are encouraged to raise any safeguarding concerns to the management team.

Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. Safeguarding adults includes:

  • Protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
  • Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.
  • People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening.

Regulation 11 of the Health and Social Care Act (2008) concerns our responsibility in making suitable arrangements to ensure that service users are safeguarded against the risk of abuse by means of taking reasonable steps to identify the possibility of abuse and prevent it before it occurs and responding appropriately to any allegation of abuse.

Vision MH takes its responsibility for Safeguarding seriously. A clear policy is in place that ensures that;

  • There is a framework that sets out clearly our responsibilities in safeguarding and protecting people who use services and responding to situations where it is believed a person who uses services is suffering abuse.
  • To empower all colleagues to feel confident in their practice and in how they react to situations where a person who uses services is thought to have been abused.
  • To prevent incidents of abuse occurring wherever possible
  • To ensure that the procedures are in place to deal with incidents of abuse if they do occur

The prevention of any abuse occurring is our primary objective. All colleagues are trained in the issues that may lead to abuse, such as a person’s race, cultural background, disability, age, gender and sexuality.

It is essential that we respond to incidents in a way that is in accordance with the guidelines stated in our Safeguarding Policy and that of our local Health Authority (Hertfordshire).