A-Z Glossary Of Safeguarding Terms
There are many terms in the world of safeguarding; you’re not expected to understand every single one. Learn all about important safeguarding phrases and acronyms with help from our A-Z glossary of safeguarding terms.
ADASS: ADASS stands for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. They aim to support and further the interests of people who need social care services.
Advocacy: Advocacy involves being passionate/supportive about representing your interests. In terms of safeguarding enquiries, you hold the rights to have an independent advocate to help express your feelings/wishes.
Assessment: Assessments are carried out in order to make sure that an individual’s needs are being met.
Care Act 2014: The Care Act came into play in April 2015. It was put in place to support carers and adults, ensuring that they are protected from abuse or neglect.
Carer: A carer is someone who looks after a child or vulnerable person. They can either be paid care workers or unpaid care workers who are typically relatives or friends.
Clinical Governance: Clinical Governance is a framework used by the NHS to ensure that all locations meet a high standard of care and service.
Community safety: Community safety is the term used to collate the services on-hand to improve safety in communities. This includes anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.
CQC: CQC stands for Care Quality Commission. It is down to the CQC to register and inspect health and social care providers in England.
DBS: DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. Since 2012, the DBS has been helping recruiters to make safe employment decisions by running criminal record checks on individuals. DBS checks help to establish whether someone is allowed to work with children and vulnerable adults. You can apply for one through The Check People today.
Domestic abuse: Domestic abuse is the term used to define threatening behaviour or violent abuse on anyone aged 16 of over.
Enhanced DBS check: An enhanced DBS check is another form of DBS check. On an enhanced check, you can expect to find a more in-depth rundown into the criminal history of the individual. Enhanced DBS checks are required in jobs that involve high levels of care, including NHS workers, carers and teachers.
GDPR: GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It protects individuals in the EU and EEA from any privacy or data protection troubles.
Harm: The word harm is used to define any act which can damage a person’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.
NHS: The NHS is the National Healthcare Service. It is funded through tax and National Insurance and allows all UK residents to access free healthcare as and when needed.
Public interest: When it comes to an individual’s privacy, public interest is the term used to define whether it is deemed to be of public interest. News sources have to adhere strictly to the rules of public interest in order to avoid any disputes.
Safeguarding: The term safeguarding covers any activity that has been put in place to protect a person’s right to live safely.
Standard DBS Check: A standard DBS check is another type of DBS check; it provides slightly more detail than a basic check, but not as much as an enhanced check. A standard check will show spent and unspent convictions, cautions, final warnings and reprimands.
Get in touch with us if you require any further information about DBS checks and their role in employment. Alternatively, apply for a DBS check online today and promote a safe way of working.