Safeguarding is all about protecting the health, wellbeing, and human rights of individuals as well as enabling them to live safely and free from harm, abuse, and neglect.  It’s fundamental to high quality health services.

Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:

  • Protecting them from harm or things that are bad for their health or development.
  • Making sure they grow up in surroundings that allow for safe and effective care.

Safeguarding adults includes:

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

NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is required to demonstrate that we have appropriate systems in place for carrying out our duties set down in law in terms of safeguarding.  We are committed to working with others to ensure that provision is in place to respond when children or vulnerable adults are at risk or have been harmed.  More broadly, the CCG seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our community.

For further information on safeguarding in Bolton, visit the website for:

Bolton Safeguarding Adult Board

Bolton Safeguarding Children Board

Do you know someone who could be at risk?

If you believe that a child or adult is suffering harm, or is likely to do so, you have a responsibility to notify the correct authority.

If you are concerned about an adult who may be at risk call Adult Social Care (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Adult Social Care on 01204 337 000

If you are worried that a child may be being abused or neglected then please take action. You can contact Bolton’s Multi-agency Screening and Safeguarding Service (MASSS), previously Referral and Assessment Teams on the number below:

01204 331500 (during office hours only: 9.00am – 5.00pm)