Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) is committed to ensuring the welfare of adults at risk of harm and to safeguard against all forms of abuse. Every individual has a right to be protected against harm and exploitation, and a right to dignity and respect. It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard adults at risk within our society.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, it’s about:
• Protecting children, young people and adults who are at risk of abuse
• Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
• Helping you to keep yourself safe or put plans in place to help protect those who cannot protect themselves
• Everybody feeling safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances are
What is abuse?
Abuse of an adult includes:
• Not caring for an adult properly (neglect)
• Controlling or pressuring an adult to give away money or property (financial)
• Threatening, humiliating or harassing an adult (psychological)
• Hurting an adult and causing injury (physical)
• Touching or doing things to an adult without consent (sexual)
• Treating an adult badly because of disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or gender (discrimination)
• An adult who neglects their own health or who self-harms
• Sexually exploiting an adult for money, power or status (sexual exploitation)
Abuse of a child includes:
• Not caring for a child properly (neglect)
• Ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child (psychological)
• Hurting a child and causing injury (physical)
• Forcing or persuading a child into sexual activities (sexual)
• Cyber bullying, grooming, sexually abusing or exploiting a child online (online)
• Sexually exploiting a child for money, power or status (sexual exploitation)
Who could be an abuser?
Abuse can be carried out by anyone, including:
• Someone in the family
• A partner or friend
• A neighbour
• A member of staff
• Another adult at risk of harm
• A stranger
• More than one person
Where can abuse happen?
Abuse can happen anywhere at any time, including:
• At home
• At a day centre, residential home or college
• At a friend’s house
• In a hospital
• Somewhere a person spends their free time
• In the street or another public place
Who do I tell if I am worried about someone?
If you are worried about the welfare of an adult or a child, contact Sunderland City Council. How to report a safeguarding adult or safeguarding children concern can be found at: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/14081/How-to-report-a-safeguarding-concern
Where can I find out further information about Safeguarding Adults?
Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board information, including the Safeguarding Adults Multi-Agency Polices & Procedures and information and resources for both public and professionals, is available at: www.sunderlandsab.org.uk