Safeguarding essentially means protecting people’s health, wellbeing, safety and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is fundamental to creating high- quality services for people, and it is an essential part of planning a language club.
The key principles of safeguarding, as set out by the UK government, include:
Empowerment: presumption of person led decisions and informed consent.
Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need.
Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs.
Proportionality: proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
Partnership: local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
Accountability: accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding..