Safeguarding

Incommunities is committed to ensuring our residents and staff are kept safe from harm. We know that abuse, harm and neglect can take a number of different forms and happen to anyone, by anyone.

Our Safeguarding Policy is available here. The policy outlines how we will:

  • Recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns
  • Respond appropriately to disclosures and allegations
  • Understand and implement safe practices

What is abuse?

There are lots of different types of abuse including:

Physical abuse – someone being hit, slapped or kicked, being locked in a room or restrained inappropriately.

Sexual abuse – someone being made to take part in sexual activity when they haven’t given consent, or are not able to give consent.

Emotional or psychological abuse – someone being shouted at, bullied, being made to feel frightened or pressurised into decisions.

Financial abuse – stealing, fraud, withholding/misusing someone’s money or possessions or pressuring someone on how they spend their money.

Neglect and Acts of Omission – not giving someone the care that they need.

Modern slavery – the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain and can include human trafficking and forced labour. A person subject to modern slavery may have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

Discriminatory abuse – poor treatment or harassment because of someone’s age, gender, sexuality, disability, race or religious belief.

Self neglect – covers a wide range of behaviour, such as neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings (including hoarding). Self neglect can also involve a person not eating or refusing help for their health or care needs which has a significant effect on their wellbeing.

Domestic abuse – controlling, or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse by a current or former partner or family member, regardless of gender or sexuality. Domestic abuse can include psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, we can support you in confidence.

Contact us confidentially on 07810 057 505 or 07837 999 228 or 07760 172 823 Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm. Outside of our office hours, please contact Bradford Council’s Housing Options Service on 01274 381999.

You can also email us regarding domestic abuse on: support@incommunties.co.uk and a confidential contact form is available at: www.incommunities.co.uk/domestic-abuse

What happens when abuse is reported to Incommunities?

  • To raise a safeguarding concern to Incommunities please contact 01274 257777
  • We always respond promptly and sensitively when made aware of suspected abuse.
  • When a safeguarding concern is made to Incommunities, an Alerting Manager will make enquires and contact the relevant agencies.
  • Your report will usually be treated confidentially, but information may need to be shared if you or others are at significant risk. Please be assured that any information shared will be in line with the law, and only what is necessary to prevent harm.
  • If you are worried about your own safety, or you think someone you know is being abused, please get in touch with us or your relevant local authority. Help is available and you will be supported.

Working together

Incommunities operates in a number of different areas, including Bradford, Kirklees, Sheffield and Rotherham, so we work in partnership with a variety of local authorities, adult and child safeguarding boards, organisations and services. We work collaboratively to safeguard residents, respond to allegations or suspicions of abuse and provide and signpost support.You are the eyes and ears of our communities. If you have concerns about abuse happening to you or someone you know, get in touch with your local authority’s safeguarding team on the contact details below.

useful contacts
Location Child Safeguarding Adult Safeguarding website
Bradford  01274 437500
Out of office hours: 
01274 431010
01274 431077
Out of office hours: 
01274 431010
http://www.bradford.gov.uk www.bradford.gov.uk/makeanalert
Kirklees 01484 456848 01484 414933 http://www.kirklees.gov.uk
Sheffield 0114 273 4855 0114 273 4908 http://www.sheffield.gov.uk
Rotherham 01709 336080 01709 822330 http://www.rotherham.gov.uk
Wakefield  03458 503 503 03458 503 503 http://www.wakefield.gov.uk
Craven 01609 780 780 01609 780 780 http://www.northyorks.gov.uk

 

 


If anyone is at immediate risk of harm, always contact emergency services on 999.