Safeguarding Vulnerable People and Occupational Health
Rail companies are not under any sector-specific statutory duties around safeguarding. So how can a situation where an employee’s disclosure has revealed that someone may be at risk of harm be managed? The answer is that the duty to receive, assess and manage safeguarding risks for vulnerable children, young people and adults lies with local authorities, and it is the local authority that can hear concerns or take formal safeguarding reports. Information on how to act should be easily found from the local authority/council website which may include a 24-hour reporting number, email address and possibly a designated name/contact of the safeguarding lead.