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Safeguarding means protecting a citizen’s health, wellbeing, and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse, and neglect. If you think you or someone you know is being abused or neglected, you should tell someone you trust. This could be a friend, a teacher, a family member, a social worker, a doctor or healthcare professional, a police officer or someone else that you trust.
Ask them to help you report it. Supporting people when concerns are raised about abuse or neglect can be very difficult and distressing for everyone involved. Deciding what’s the right thing to do can be stressful, particularly if the person you are concerned about is reluctant to accept support. If you are not sure what to do you can always seek advice. If you are worried about the safety of a child in Devon and want to speak to someone, or if you are a child worried about your own safety, please
contact our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and give as much information as you can.