Keeping safe

It's important to feel safe whether you're in your home or out and about.

There is lots of information and advice available through our partner agencies to help you understand how to stay safe.

Derbyshire County Council Adult Care department have produced two ‘keeping adults safe leaflets-one in an easy read version.

Download or order printed copies of the keeping adults safe leaflets.

Fire safety when using emollients

Emollient creams are moisturisers that can be used to prevent or treat dry skin conditions like:

  • eczema
  • bed sores
  • ulcers
  • psoriasis

They come in a variety of forms, like creams, lotions or gels. All cover the skin with a protective film to reduce water loss. They can be very flammable, so are a fire safety concern, especially when used by people who spend extended periods in a bed or armchair due to illness or impaired mobility.

It's important to be aware of the fire safety risks if you or a person you care for needs moisturising creams.

The DSAB has produced a poster, which is attached to this page, to spread awareness of this issue and we would encourage you to read and share this information.

Keeping people with learning disabilities safe

The Keeping Safe scheme is led by Derbyshire County Council Adult Care, and supported by Community Safety, Libraries, MacIntrye and other DSAB partners.

The scheme aims to stop the bullying and abuse of people with learning disabilities in Derbyshire, and help them to feel safe and confident when out in the community.

View the easy read fact sheets about keeping people with learning disabilities safe.

Derbyshire Safe Place scheme

The Safe Place Scheme allows people with learning disabilities to go somewhere safe if they feel scared, threatened, are lost or in trouble when out and about across Derbyshire.

There are more than 100 safe places across Derbyshire, and the safe place sticker is clearly displayed in the window of each business in the scheme.

If you have a learning disability and feel scared when out and about, places taking part in the Safe Place scheme will provide you with a temporary place of safety.

The staff at a safe place will support you and contact either the emergency services such as the police or ambulance or the contact number on your keep safe card - whichever is most appropriate.

All safe places have received checks and staff training to ensure that they all know what to do if a person comes in needing help.

If you are a business based in Derbyshire and would like more information, you can find out how to become a safe place.

Keep safe card

Everyone with a learning disability should carry a keep safe card. It has their name on it and the contact details of someone they would want to contact if they needed help, like a family member or close friend.

The card is used to get help when out and about by finding a safe place and showing a member of staff the card.

When you are in a safe place, they will support you and contact the number on the card, or if it is an emergency they will call the police or ambulance service.

You can apply for a keep safe card.

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society have published a guide called Safeguarding people with dementia: Recognising adult abuse. It explains responsibilities for professional carers and safeguarding procedures.

The Alzheimer’s Society also provide a range of information and advice about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Age UK

Age UK has more information about protecting yourself from abuse including its guide to protecting yourself. It covers how to stay in control of your money and also has a guide on safeguarding older people.

Core victim support

Core victim support provides both the public and victims of crime with easily accessible information, advice and links to local and national support services. It helps ensure people can self-refer to support services and access information on a wide variety of different crime types. It also offers people the opportunity to report a crime and provides advice on what to do if somebody has been a victim of crime.

Adult care leaflets

Download or order printed copies of adult care information leaflets.