Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, exploitation or abuse.
Safeguarding children - promoting their welfare includes protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development and making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care.
(Working together to Safeguard Children 2018).
Safeguarding adults - includes protecting their rights to live in safety, free from harm, exploitation or abuse, with people and organisations working together to prevent the risk of harm, exploitation or abuse, and to stop them from happening, and making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.
(Care Act/Social Services and Well-being Act, 2014)