Adult safeguarding for housing staff

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Publisher
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 January 2015
Series
At a glance; 66
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Housing and Homelessness
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Older people or people with disabilities are more likely to be abused or neglected. They may be seen as an easy target and may be less likely to identify abuse themselves or to report it. People who live in sheltered, supported or extra care housing may be particularly vulnerable to abuse but a high, and increasing, proportion of people with care and support needs live in general needs housing. Housing staff have a key safeguarding role to play, alongside their colleagues in social care, health and the police, in keeping people safe. They are well placed to identify people with care and support needs at risk of abuse, share information and work in partnership to coordinate responses.