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Safeguarding in the community

Published: 4/4/2021

Right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated, meaning that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. At the same time, living under the current arrangements may increase the pressures that can contribute to abuse and neglect, or allow it to go unseen. Neighbours, volunteers and professionals can play a vital role in keeping adults and children safe.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding means keeping the most vulnerable people in our communities safe and protected from any kind of abuse and neglect.

What is abuse?

Abuse is something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

How can you make a difference?

Learn about the different types of harm and abuse:

• Physical

• Neglect

• Sexual

• Emotional or psychological


Discover how to spot the signs:

• Unusual injuries, including bruises, burns, fractures, bite marks or signs of self-harm

• Consistently poor hygiene, poor living conditions or inappropriate clothing

• Communicating aggressively or using sexual language

• Appearing withdrawn, guarded, anxious or frightened, particularly around certain individuals

• Hearing or seeing shouting, violence or intimidation

• Adults keeping children, or adults in need of support, from view

• Unsupervised children visiting a house where only adults live


Report your concerns to:

• The police

• Health and social care professionals (e.g. a social worker, nurse or doctor)

• One Vision Housing – 0300 365 1111


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This page was last updated on 08/04/2021