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What does safeguarding in a rehab centre look like?

Safety is a priority at Livingstone House 

Safeguarding means protecting a person’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is a vital part of providing high-quality health care, and part of a rehab centres’ responsibility to care for its residents. 

What’s the link between safeguarding and addiction? 

Vulnerable adults are considered to be  a safeguarding risk. Many factors can lead to an adult becoming vulnerable: 

  • Family history of alcoholism and drug abuse 
  • An expensive addiction can lead to financial difficulties where people stop prioritising proper living conditions in favour of paying for an alcohol or drug habit 
  • A family member, carer or friend has difficulties with alcohol or drugs

If you are concerned about someone you know who may be vulnerable, showing signs of addiction, and need support for drug or alcohol rehab in Birmingham – please get in touch for help.

Our membership with the Birmingham Safeguarding Board

We don’t just make up the rules of what is the best for our residents – we are a member agency of the Birmingham Safeguarding Board.

“Our priorities include working with our partner organisations to develop effective preventative and early intervention strategies that minimise the risk of abuse and neglect occurring. We wish to work together to establish safer communities for people with care and support needs and citizens who are vulnerable.” – Birmingham Safeguarding Board.

Our safeguarding principles

We follow all of the following principles outlined by the Birmingham Safeguarding Adult Board… 

  • promote the empowerment and wellbeing of those who are thought to be at risk 
  • work together with “No Secrets” guidance and relevant best practice guidance 
  • support the rights of the individual to lead an independent life based on self-determination and personal choice
  • ensure that when the right to independent lifestyle and choice is at risk, the individual concerned receives appropriate help
  • ensure that the law is known, used appropriately and is accessible

Resources, advice and support 

We recommend the Birmingham Safeguarding Adult Board as a source of support and advice if you are looking to find out more, or even to know how to report abuse for someone you care for or about. 

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