'Safeguarding is everyone’s business'
As National Safeguarding Adults Week gets underway, we're adding a new section dedicated to safeguarding to our online knowledge hub for CIH members. Senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis explains why everyone in housing needs to understand the vital role they have in safeguarding adults with care and support needs who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Every housing provider will house people who, at some point in their life, may be at risk of abuse or neglect. And it will not only be people living in supported or specialist housing but across all the homes provided. Although age, disability or long-term conditions do not necessarily make people vulnerable, these can be contributing factors that place people at greater risk of abuse or neglect, and unable to manage or avoid it. Just as care and support needs can arise at different times of life, due to changes in life circumstances, so can increased vulnerability to abuse or neglect.
Early information sharing is critical where there are concerns about someone experiencing abuse or neglect, and no professional should assume that someone else will flag this up, when action may be critical for the person’s safety and wellbeing. So it is important to be aware of the signs that can indicate potential abuse.
Not only do individuals need to be aware of the signs, but their organisations must have the right systems and procedures in place to support them when they raise their concerns. The new section on our knowledge hub aims to help with this. We will be adding more to it in the coming months, so do get in touch if your organisation has some good practice to share, and don’t forget to make use of the network to share how you are tackling the issue of safeguarding adults at risk.