Officially an ‘adult at risk’ is someone who is 18 years or over who may be in need of community care due to a mental health problem, learning disability, physical disability, age or illness. In the context of City of Sanctuary, we recognise that many people we work with are experiencing trauma (often undiagnosed) as a result of what they have been through, both in their country of origin, on their journey to safety and finding themselves stuck in an unfair and ineffective asylum system. They may be socially isolated, unsure of the UK protocols and norms, fearful of authority and therefore more likely to acquiesce or be submissive as a result. This increases their risk of abuse and manipulation, therefore making them a potential target for exploitation. They may also lack appropriate levels of English to communicate their needs clearly. As a consequence, they may find it difficult to protect themselves from abuse and/or radicalisation. This is why it is a particularly important for people seeking sanctuary to know about your safeguarding policy and have the confidence to talk to a safeguarding lead if they are experiencing anything which makes them uncomfortable.
We would like to provide examples and templates used by groups around the City of Sanctuary network. Please send us your safeguarding policies and procedures to share with the network.
Disclaimer: The information provided in these templates is intended for guidance only. It is not a substitute for professional advice and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting upon it.
Contact details for DBS:
Lyn Gavin, Senior Safeguarding Engagement Officer, [email protected], 07717 546 908
DBS Partnership and Engagement Team, [email protected]