What do we mean by Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is about protecting children or adults at risk from abuse or neglect.
There are many different types of abuse and neglect, including:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Discriminatory abuse
- Domestic abuse
- Financial abuse
- Modern slavery
- Neglect, including self-neglect
- Organisational abuse (sometimes referred to as Institutional abuse)
Abuse can be a one-off incident or a pattern of behaviour. Abuse can happen anywhere, including in a person’s own home, a care home or a day centre.
The person responsible for the abuse is often well known to the person being abused, and can include their partner, a family member, friend, neighbour or carer.
Strangers can also commit abuse. Examples would include people who befriend vulnerable people with the intention of exploiting them or who intimidate vulnerable people into financial transactions they do not want or cannot understand.
Reporting Safeguarding Concerns
If you have concerns about the safety or well-being of a child, young person or adult living in one of our properties, you can let us know on 01494 480340. If you think something may be happening right now, you should call the police by dialling 999. The police number is 101 for a non-emergency situation.
You can also raise a safeguarding concern directly with the local authority Safeguarding Team. Each local authority has a different contact number – these can be found on the local authority website or through an internet search. You will need to specify whether it is an adult or child safeguarding issue in your search.
Bucks Housing Policy
We aim to:
- raise awareness about the abuse and/or neglect of children, young people and adults at risk
- develop a culture that does not tolerate abuse and which encourages people to raise concerns
- prevent abuse from happening wherever possible
- respond promptly and proportionately where there is abuse or abuse is suspected, to make the necessary referrals and engage the appropriate authorities, to stop the abuse continuing and to ensure the person harmed or at risk of harm receives effective support.
You can download a copy of our Safeguarding Policy here.