Safeguarding Fire Standard Glossary

Glossary of Terms

Safeguarding Board and/or Partnership

Local Safeguarding Adults Boards are statutory bodies, comprising representatives from other organisations that work together at a strategic level to ensure that adults at risk in the area of its responsibility can live lives free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards are responsible for co-ordinating local work to safeguard and promote children’s welfare, ensuring the effectiveness of member organisations.

Fire and Rescue Services will either be part of a Safeguarding Board or Safeguarding Partnership depending on their respective local authority structure.

Source: NFCC Safeguarding Guidance for Children, Young People and Adults and The Care Act 2014


This includes both those who are recruited into paid or unpaid roles from outside of the service and those who transfer, progress or change duties within a service.

Source: Fire Standards Board

Community Risk Management Planning

The process by which services identify community risks, estimate the impact of those risks should they occur and define their preventative and response activities to these risks in respect of their geographic area of responsibility. Services collate this information in a Community Risk Management Plan (known previously as an Integrated Risk Management Plan).

Source; NFCC Community Risk Programme 

At risk of harm

For consistency the term “at risk of harm” was used throughout the Fire Standard, but the alternative terms some services use, such as “vulnerable” or “at risk” are also applicable in this context.
In relation to adults:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
  • Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect and;
  • As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect

In relation to children:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs);
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm

The use of the term at risk; the actual abuse or neglect does not need to have occurred. Rather, early interventions to protect a child at risk should be considered to prevent actual harm, abuse and neglect.

Source: Safeguarding Wales