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This Policy relates to all people, patients and visitors including those working within our practice, employed or voluntary. Spinelab believes that it is a fundamental human right to be safe from harm and abuse and will not tolerate abuse from any person, whether patient or member of staff, towards anybody else.

Should a potential safeguarding risk be identified, SpineLab has the right to refuse care or take disciplinary action.

SpineLab is committed to providing care for all people, without discrimination and will take a positive approach to safeguarding those at risk.

SpineLab will seek to ensure the practice is an inclusive centre and ensure ways of adapting for any ability, disability or impairment and will continue to be developed, monitored and reviewed.

SpineLab will continually seek ways to improve the safety and wellbeing of all users of the practice and emphasises that all users of the clinic have a shared responsibility to ensure this.

SpineLab recognises that ability and disability can change over time; such that some may be additionally vulnerable to abuse or exhibit unacceptable behaviour.

Spinelab recognises that any person of all abilities may or may not be identified as a person at risk.

Spinelab is committed to improving outcomes for those at risk by adhering to current legislation that supports safeguarding, which includes:

  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Protecting Adults at risk: London Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures to Safeguard Adults from Abuse (2011)
  • Information Sharing Guidance for Practitioners and Managers (HM Government 2008).

We have a designated Welfare Officer who can access support, ensuring we promote safety and wellbeing at Spinelab, identify and address any poor practice or abusive behaviour and respond in a timely manner to any suspected incident.

Welfare Officer: Danine Irwin – she can be contacted on:

Other Important Numbers

The police in an emergency (999) or non-emergency 101

Local Authority Children’s Services – Barnet Safeguarding Children Board – 020 8359 4066

Local Authority Adult Services – Barnet Safeguarding Adults Board – 020 8359 5000



Last reviewed 01/03/2020