What is a safeguarding concern?

A safeguarding concern is when a person is concerned about someone’s well-being. These concerns may be about a family member, a neighbour or a friend and could be around different types of Neglect or Abuse. 

‘Abuse’ is when someone does something to you that you do not like and you want it to stop, whether it is mentally or physically. 

‘Neglect’ is when you are not being given the care and support that you need to live your life, even if it is self-neglect.

It is essential that we make sure the person’s views, wishes, feelings and beliefs are a key part of deciding on any action that may be taken when considering a safeguarding concern.

Below are some key safeguarding concerns:

  • The person may be at risk of financial abuse, such as misusing, withholding or taking someone’s money
  • The person may be at risk of domestic abuse, such as hitting, locking someone in a room or pushing them 
  • The person may be at risk of self-neglect within their own home
  • The person may be at risk of neglect within their care/residential home, such as not providing necessary food, medication or care
  • The person may be at risk of Hoarding within their own home
  • The person may be at risk of emotional abuse such as, bullying or humiliating them