Guidance for taking action

If you are concerned about someone’s safety or welfare, or have suspicions that something isn’t right, it is important that you take action.

You can do so through the following means:

If you are uncertain about whether to take action, please consider the following:

  • you do not need to be confident or certain that someone is being exploited – concerns over safety or welfare, or suspicions that something is wrong, are enough grounds for taking action
  • being proactive is key – taking action will prevent someone from becoming more vulnerable or from experiencing further harm, and will ensure they receive help quickly
  • it is important to take action even if this might involve stepping outside of your immediate job role – for example, a  doctor treating someone’s physical health should take action if they notice signs of exploitation
  • people may be reluctant to engage with support services – they may fear the repercussions of disclosing; feel suspicious of authority figures; feel they will not be believed; or feel unable to leave their situation.
  • people’s reluctance to engage with support services should not prevent you from taking steps to safeguard and support them
  • – they may fear repercussions of receiving support; feel suspicious of authority figures, fear that they will not be believed. Someone’s reluctance should not prevent you from taking steps to safeguard and support them
  • remember that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and everyone has the right to be safe and protected from harm.