At Saxon Weald, we believe everyone should be safe in their home. Unfortunately, it is occasionally not the case and action may need to be taken to protect someone’s welfare.


Safeguarding is the term used to protect adults’ and childrens’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enable them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.


If you are concerned someone is in immediate danger or suspect a crime has been committed, call 999.


Child abuse

Child abuse falls into four main categories:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect


The NSPCC provides further information on the types and indicators of child abuse and how to report it:


Adult abuse

Signs of abuse in adults can often be more difficult to detect. People with care and support needs, such as older people or people with disabilities, are sadly, more likely to be abused or neglected.


There are 10 types of adult abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence or abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational or institutional abuse
  • Neglect or acts of omission
  • Self-neglect


Local authorities can help and have social workers who deal specifically with cases of abuse and neglect in vulnerable adults. Contact the person's local council and ask for the adult safeguarding coordinator. 


If the person you are concerned about lives in one of our properties, you can let us know and we can, if appropriate, contact the relevant supporting agencies.

Email: [email protected] or call us on 01403 226000.