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Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults

Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect can occur anywhere: in your own home or a public place, while you are in hospital or attending a day centre, or in a college or care home. You may…

Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse? Domestic abuse is: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can…

Domestic Homicide Reviews

What happens when someone is killed as a result of domestic violence? When this happens, the law says that professionals involved in the case must review what happened so that we can identify what needs to be changed and reduce the risk of it happening…

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” (World Health Organisation, Fact sheet N°241, 2010). Female Genital mutilation is…

Forced Marriage

What is a forced marriage? A forced marriage is where one (or both) of the spouses does not want to get married and is forced or coerced into it. In cases where someone has disabilities, they may not have the capacity to consent to marry.…

Help after rape and sexual assault

If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn't your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help. What…

How to report adult safeguarding concerns

Safeguarding is aimed at anybody aged 18 or over who has care and support needs and who is unable to protect themselves from either the risk or the experience of abuse or neglect.  Local services must work together to safeguard adults in a way that…

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The Waltham Forest MARAC is a monthly risk management meeting where professionals share information on high risk cases of domestic violence and abuse and put in place a risk management plan. The MARAC aims to: Share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of…

Safeguarding Adults

Adult safeguarding supports people over the age of 18 to protect them from abuse.  Here you will find information on how to tell us you need help.  We can help if you’re unable to protect yourself and are experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse.…

SafetyNet Waltham Forest’s Community Safety Partnership

SafetyNet is a partnership between the council, police, probation, fire, and health services, as well as key partners including housing providers, victim services, plus community and voluntary sectors. SafetyNet aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, gang crime, violence against women and girls, youth and re-offending, and…
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