Safeguarding children and adults - we all have a role to play.

08.03.2016

Abuse can come in many forms, and we all have a role to play in keeping our communities safe. If aware, share.

As a housing provider, Plus Dane Housing understands how important it is to safeguard children, young people and “adults at risk” from harm.

Abuse of children or adults can be physical or emotional. It can include things like domestic violence, child abuse (of any young person under the age of 18), neglect, cyber bullying, hate crime, and sexual abuse. It could mean taking advantage of somebody financially, for their money or property.

Other forms of abuse can involve crimes including people trafficking and slavery, or practices such as female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour-based violence, and radicalisation.

We believe nobody should suffer in silence. We know there are many reasons people might feel uncomfortable or be scared to report suspicions of abuse. You may feel like you don’t want to get anyone into trouble, or be worried about being considered a ‘grass’.

However, if you have any concerns about the welfare of someone in your community or indeed you are experiencing abuse yourself, it is important to act. Sometimes, people may be so used to being treated badly that they are not even aware that they are being abused, but urgently need help.

Putting it simply nobody has the right to abuse you or anyone else but you do have the right to put a stop it. There is evidence to show that a person committing safeguarding abuse is extremely likely to be abusing more than one person. The only way to stop any form of abuse is to report it.

There are many people on hand to report suspicions of abuse –  You can contact Plus Dane, the local authority or social services; a relevant charity, like Age Concern or the NSPCC; or in an emergency, the police.

The person you tell will have an obligation to alert the information so the allegation can be investigated correctly, and to guide you through what might happen next. Regardless of the outcome and even if no abuse is found to have taken place, reporting your concerns is always the right thing to do. 

We know sometimes people in positions of authority can be abusers and we have procedures in place to handle whistle blowing within the organisation. Again, anything we are alerted to must be properly investigated, so if you have concerns about a person in authority, be assured these will be taken seriously - do not hesitate to let us know.