See it, Suspect it, Report it

We are working with local partners to promote safeguarding to help keep customers safe and encourage everyone to report any concerns you have about friends, relatives and neighbours. Things aren’t always as they seem and we all need to look out for someone you know who is acting differently to usual. Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It's fundamental to high-quality health and

People with care and support needs, such as 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 with communication difficulties can be particularly at risk because they may not be able to alert others.

Sometimes people may not even be aware that they are being abused. Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect but could also be a criminal offence and should be treated as such. Types of abuse include: physical, sexual, domestic violence, financial or material, discriminatory, neglect or acts of omission or self-neglect.

If you have concerns about yourself or someone in your community contact us on 01684 272727.

Useful links:

Advice on preventing child abuse

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service

Self-help for horders

Safe Guarding Children in Gloucestershire

The Money Advice Service

Tell tale signs:

Domestic abuse

  • low self-esteem
  • feeling that the abuse is their fault when it's not
  • damage to home
  • isolation - not seeing friends and family
  • limited access to money


  • frequent injuries
  • unexplained falls
  • failure to seek medical treatment or frequent changes of GP
  • signs of malnutrition


  • poor environment - dirty or unhygienic
  • pressure sores or ulcers
  • untreated injuries or medical problems
  • inappropriate or inadequate clothing


  • missing personal possessions
  • unexplained withdrawl of funds from accounts
  • rent arrears and eviction notices