Safeguarding is everybody’s business. 

It is action taken to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults to ensure they can live free from abuse, harm and neglect.

Our Safeguarding Policy (add link) ensures all colleagues understand how to protect anyone living in a Grand Union home. Colleagues have a duty to identify and report safeguarding concerns, including suspected abuse concerns. The Domestic abuse and Safeguarding team oversees these concerns and takes steps towards preventing or stopping the abuse. This includes referring to other internal teams and local authorities who lead and co-ordinate the response to safeguarding matters. 

Types of abuse

There are many different types of abuse or neglect any person/s may experience and it can happen to anyone. 

  • Violent or threatening behaviour
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Controlling or coercive behaviour
  • Economic abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Honour based abuse 
  • Forced marriage
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)

How to report a concern

If you believe a child, young person or adult, including someone who is vulnerable, is being harmed or is at serious risk of harm, please contact the police immediately on 999. Please ensure you are safe to do this first. 

If you’re concerned about a child, young person or adult’s welfare, or how they’re being treated, but don’t believe it’s an emergency, contact your local authority’s safeguarding department.

All safeguarding reports will be taken seriously and we’ll act promptly and sensitively. The information we receive will be treated confidentially and shared with relevant professionals and agencies.

Useful links

Victim Support


The Care Act 2014

For advice and support for domestic abuse, please visit our domestic abuse page