In line with the safeguarding policy in the UK, I adhere to the following. This policy is in development and more information is being added each week to safeguard you and myself
Definitions and terms of abuse
Child - A child is defined as someone who has not reached 18 years of age. Young Person - A young person is defined as someone normally between the age of 14 – 17 years of age.
Vulnerable Adult - Following the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 the definition of regulated activity relating to adults no longer labels adults as ‘vulnerable’. Instead, the definition identifies the activities which, if any adult requires them, lead to that adult being considered vulnerable at that particular time. This means that the focus is on the activities required by the adult and not on the setting in which the activity is received; or the personal characteristics or circumstances of the adult receiving the activities or the frequency in which they receive the service. An adult is defined as vulnerable when they are in receipt of a ‘regulated activity’ in relation to vulnerable adults. Regulated activity is therefore defined by the following 6 broad categories:
I. Providing health care
II. Providing personal care
III. Providing social work
IV. Assistance with cash, bills and/or shopping
V. Assistance in the conduct of a person’s own affairs
VI. Providing transportation of individuals where that transport is provided because of age, health or disability
For more information please see the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Discriminatory Abuse Discriminatory abuse includes psychological abuse, harassment and discrimination which is motivated by a person’s age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, race, cultural background or religion. Discrimination may be a motivating factor in other forms of abuse such as domestic violence or hate crime. Where the abuse or neglect is motivated by age, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, racial, religion or disability; or occurs in a domestic violence situation; or perceived as a Hate Crime: the abuse will be considered to be aggravated by these factors. Discriminatory abuse can be in the form of personal or institutional discrimination. Personal discrimination is the prejudice of the individual, whereas, Institutional discrimination is where systems and structures directly discriminate against potential or actual users of a service.
I am aware that many of you are going through immense challenges.
At home should not mean at risk. Increases in physical and psychological domestic abuse, as well as mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression, are all serious concerns and we all must help and support each other.
Where to find help:
If you are in immediate danger call 999. You can also use their silent service if you are afraid of being overheard.
The World Health Organisation has also released guidance specifically relating to domestic abuse during the COVID-19 crisis which is targeted at women but has useful information for all.
Domestic Abuse Services:
http://gov.uk/domestic-abuse provides a good starting point for information in the UK including the COVID-19 guidelines.
https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/ provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling and support to women and children experiencing domestic and other forms of gender-related violence. They can also advise Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Urdu and arrange interpretation other languages.
Refuge provide help on their website for men who are victims as well as those who think they may be an abuser.
Mankind also have a website and dedicated number 01823 334244 for male victims of domestic abuse.
Galop are an LGBT+ anti-violence charity with a helpline on 0800 999 5428 and
Support with Mental Health Issues:
For support with issues such as anxiety and depression, you can call the Samaritans for free, 24/7, on 116 123. You can also email
Hopeline offer advice to children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide 0800 068 41 41.
Most of the organisations above also provide information on how to support someone else dealing with domestic abuse or mental health issues.
Of course, it almost goes without saying that all of the above charities and organisations rely on public donations and support to keep running, so if you have the money to spare then they're a very worthy cause!
Let's do our best to make sure everyone has someone to turn to.
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