The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Patients & Visitors

How Can You Help Us to Safeguard Our Patients?


What you need to know

The Trust is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It is their right to be kept safe from harm, abuse or neglect.

Abuse may consist of single, or repeated actions and may be:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Psychological
  • Institutional
  • Relating to neglect or discrimination

Why it’s important

Everyone at the Trust has a responsibility for safeguarding. If you are worried about the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult, you can talk to the ward manager, senior sister or matron or use the following contact numbers to share your concerns.

Safeguarding children and young people

The Trust has a named nurse, nurse advisor and named doctor who lead on issues related to child protection.

If concerns are raised about a child or young person in our hospitals, the Trust's Children's Safeguarding team, nurses and doctors work closely with the child, schools, the police and social services.

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, contact the following numbers:

If you are a member of the public and are concerned about a child or a young person please call Social Care on 0113 376 0336 during office hours or the Emergency Duty team out of hours on 0113 240 9536.
Further information is available on the Leeds Safeguarding Children's Website External Link www.leedslscb.org.uk

Safeguarding vulnerable adults

The Trust has a named professional and a nurse advisor for safeguarding vulnerable adults at risk.

A vulnerable adult is anyone aged 18 years or over:

  • Who is or may be in need of community services because of mental or other illness, disability or age, and
  • Who is, or may be unable to protect themselves against serious harm or exploitation

If you are concerned that a vulnerable adult is being abused, contact:

If you are a member of the public and are concerned about an adult at risk of abuse please call Adult Social Care on: 0113 222 4401 between 8.30am - 5pm or the Emergency Duty team (out of hours): 0113 240 9536

Further information is available on the www.leedssafeguardingadults.org.uk

Contacting the Police

If someone is in imminent danger, ring 999

If a crime has been committed, but there is no immediate danger, ring 101

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Safeguarding Team

If you wish to speak to someone at the hospital about a safeguarding matter you can contact Jeff Barlow, Head of Safeguarding on 0113 2066964 between the hours of 9.00am to 5pm; or the Clinical Site Manager via the hospital Switchboard on 0113 2433144 (out of hours)