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What’s safeguarding?

Find out more about keeping people safe from harm, neglect and abuse

Safeguarding - what does it mean?

Safeguarding means keeping people safe from harm, abuse and neglect.  Especially people who aren’t able to speak up for themselves - children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We can’t tackle safeguarding on our own. That’s why we partner with professionals in social services, health care and the police to help people who’re experiencing abuse or neglect. 

We know that we’re stronger when we work together.  And we all want the same thing – to make our communities safe places to live.

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What's abuse and how to spot it

Abuse comes in all shapes and sizes and it’s often hidden from view. So, it can be tricky to spot when it’s happening.  Abuse can be carried out by anyone, but it’s usually by someone that the victim knows and trusts. It could be a family member, a partner, a relative or a carer.

Signs that someone might need safeguarding support include things like:

  • hoarding - their home’s full of clutter. And they find it difficult or impossible to throw things away
  • poor living conditions – their home might be not be clean or safe
  • needing more support than usual – they may not be coping as well on their own as they used to
  • a change in their mood – they’re not their usual self. They might seem angry, upset or quieter than normal
  • self-neglect – they’ve lost interest in their appearance and personal hygiene, or they’re not eating or taking their medication
  • signs of physical harm – things like cuts and bruises
  • being harassed – they’re on the receiving end of unwanted behaviour which makes them feel scared, offended or humiliated
  • child abuse - this can be physical, sexual or emotional. So, look out changes in their behaviour as well as injuries like cuts, bruises and burns.

You can tell us if you think you or someone you know is being abused or neglected. We can help you get the right support.

Give us a call: 0345 366 4404

Email us: safeguarding@yorkshirehousing.co.uk 

If you want to speak to us in your own language, that’s no problem. Just let us know and we can get someone to help translate.