Guide to safeguarding

1. What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse or neglect.

Abuse or neglect can often be prevented if concerns are raised as early as possible.

Abuse could mean:

  • physical – hitting or rough handling,
  • psychological – bullying or shouting
  • neglect – not providing food or heating, or a poor standard of care,
  • financial - stealing, defrauding or coercing money or property
  • sexual – contact that someone has not or cannot consent to
  • organisational - poor care from bad systems or practices
  • discriminatory – treating someone badly for example because of their disability or colour of their skin
  • modern slavery – human trafficking or forced labour
  • domestic violence – violent or aggressive behaviour in the home
  • self neglect – an individual unable to provide adequate care for themselves

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