What is Safeguarding?

Everybody has the right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.

Safeguarding is about protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect.

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We are all responsible for the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  We must ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. 

If you would like to learn more about our commitment to safeguarding a wide range of information is available on our website:

Ann Smith, Head of Adult Care and Support, Practice Quality Assurance and Safeguarding, is the Caldicott Guardian for Cornwall Council.

There are four key areas of responsibility for the Caldicott Guardian:

  1. Strategy and governance
  2. Confidentiality and data protection expertise
  3. Internal information processing
  4. Information sharing

The Caldicott Guardian plays a key role in ensuring that the Council and partner organisations satisfy the highest standards for handling personal information. Acting as the 'conscience' of an organisation, the Guardian actively supports work to facilitate and enable information sharing, seeking advice on options for lawful and ethical processing of information as required. Legal and ethical decisions need to be made to ensure appropriate information sharing.

These responsibilities may still lie within the local authority, in a contractual or arms-length arrangement.

You can contact Ann for further information or if you have plans or issues around the matters outlined above, at cfadataprotection@cornwall.gov.uk.