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Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, well being and human rights and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is fundamental to creating high-quality health and social care.

Safeguarding can also be defined as protecting such groups from physical, emotional/psychological or sexual abuse or neglect and in relation to adults, the additional categories of financial and institutional and discriminatory abuse.

Those most in need of protection are:

  • children
  • young people
  • adults at risk*

* The Care Act 2014 defines an adult at risk as a person aged 18 or over and who:

  • Has care and support needs (whether or not the Local Authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • Is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect
  • As a result of those needs is unable to protect himself / herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.

Kirklees & Calderdale safeguarding team

Clare Robinson is the Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults in Kirklees:

Her role is to provide strategic and professional leadership and make sure the NHS and wider safeguarding partners work effectively together to both prevent and respond to issues of adult abuse and neglect. Clare provides professional advice on safeguarding adult matters and promotes the welfare of adults.

Clare.Robinson@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk     07949 899 433

Christina Fairhead is the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Kirklees:

Christina’s role involves taking a strategic, professional lead on all aspects of the health service contribution to safeguarding children.  She provides professional advice on safeguarding children matters and promotes the welfare of children.

Christina.Fairhead@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk     07881 956 314

Luke Turnbull is the Designated Professional for Safeguarding Adults in Calderdale:

Luke.Turnbull@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk    07775 903 676

Gill Poyser-Young is the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Calderdale:

Gill.PoyserYoung@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk     07904 653 331

Sarah Booth is the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Kirklees & Calderdale:

Sarah.Booth@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk     07786 312 336

Susan Brook is the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Adults in Kirklees & Calderdale:

Susan.Brook@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk  07976 673 882

For general safeguarding enquiries please contact:

Admin support on 01484 464256

Please contact us if you are concerned that a child or adult:

  • Is being abused or neglected or
  • May be at risk of being abused or neglected

For concerns about a child or young person contact:

Kirklees Children’s Social Care Duty & Assessment Service/Referrals on one of the following telephone numbers:

  • 01484 456848
  • 01484 414933 (out of hours service)

or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. 

For concerns about an adult contact:

Kirklees Gateway to Care on 01484 414933

Kirklees Domestic Violence Team on 01484 223221

Safeguarding information for professionals 

Information, covering a wide range of safeguarding topics, complete with additional resources, for professionals can be found in the dedicated safeguarding information for professionals section of the website.