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What is safeguarding?

The term "Safeguarding" can apply to both adults and children and is about protecting them, preventing their abuse or neglect and educating those around them to recognise the signs and dangers. Those at risk may experience difficulty making their feelings and needs known to others which can make them more vulnerable.

Keeping adults and children safe

Colchester Borough Homes is committed to supporting the communities and partners we work with to identify, address and resolve safeguarding risks that may affect children, young people under 18 years old, and adults with support needs. Ignoring abuse is not an option - any person with the knowledge or suspicion that an adult or a child with support needs may be at risk of abuse must report their concerns.

You can report concerns by contacting our safeguarding organisational lead officer Karen Williams, Head of Housing Management 01206 282433 or Or you can use the links below to find out more information and to report a concern.

Worried about an adult with support needs?

There are various ways you can discuss and report any concerns. Help us to keep vulnerable adults safe you can contact us or any of the following:

Or you can call Essex County Council 03452 66 66 63 in regard to an adult.

Worried about someone aged under 18?

Help us to keep children and young people under 18 safe. If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed or neglected or is at risk, you can contact us or any of the following:

Or you can call Essex County Council - on 0345 603 7627 in regard to a child

If there is an immediate risk of harm to a vulnerable adult or child, please contact the Police on 999