Safeguarding is the term we use for how we will keep the most vulnerable people in our communities safe from harm.
We have clear and effective policies to ensure our homes and communities are safe and secure. We ensure that we adhere to legislation and work effectively with partner agencies to address any safeguarding concerns.
We are committed to keeping our customers safe and protected from any kind of abuse and neglect. One Vision Housing (OVH) recognises the harmful effect that abuse and neglect has not just on the victim, but also on their families and the wider community.
Whenever we suspect that abuse is taking place or we are informed about safeguarding concerns, we will work closely with other agencies to ensure victims are supported and appropriate action is taken against those responsible.
For adults (18 years old or over):
- The misuse of power by one person over another, which has a large impact on a person’s independence and health and wellbeing
- Likely to prevent a person (who may be dependent on others for their basic needs) exercising choice and control over the fundamental aspects of their life. This can cause humiliation and loss of dignity
For children (under 18 years old):
- Inflicting harm, or failing to act to prevent harm
- Abuse in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to the child or more rarely, by a stranger
- Sexual abuse by adults or children, also referred to as child sexual exploitation, is when a child is forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities with or without physical contact (could be online)
Types of abuse
Physical abuse may or may not cause physical injury. It can include pushing, shaking, pinching, slapping, punching, force-feeding, burning, scalding, drowning or suffocating.
Warning signs: Physical injuries which have no satisfactory explanation or where there is definite knowledge or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted with intent or through lack of care.
Sexual abuse can include making inappropriate comments, signs and gestures, unwanted sexual contact or coercing people into watching pornographic material. It’s also any sexual act with a person who has not provided consent, has been pressured into consenting or is incapable of
Warning signs: There may be bruising, self-inflicted injuries or sudden changes in behaviour.
Neglect is the failure (deliberate or unintentional) to provide help or support that is necessary to carry out activities of daily living or meeting basic physical and/or psychological needs.
Warning signs: Poor physical condition, weight loss, dehydration, poor condition of accommodation, inadequate or dirty clothing.
Psychological or emotional
This may include the use of threats, fear or bribes to take away a vulnerable person’s choices or preventing them from following their own beliefs. For children it may be persistent emotional ill treatment conveying that they are worthless or unloved.
Warning signs: Freedom of movement may be restricted, they may be denied access to aids such as glasses, hearing aids or appear frightened or subdued.
Other types of abuse
This could include discriminatory abuse, whereby someone is targeted because of a disability or perceived vulnerability.
Institutional abuse may involve a forced schedule of activities against a person’s preferred lifestyle.
Financial abuse may involve the exploitation or inappropriate use of a person’s finances.
How do you report abuse?
If you feel you are a victim of abuse or may know someone who is, don’t hesitate to report it.