What is SOS?
SOS stands for “Shout Out for Safeguarding” and it’s BCHG’s way of preventing and protecting our residents, customers and colleagues from abuse. If you suspect someone is a victim of abuse or at risk of abuse, you need to SOS.
What is abuse?
Abuse is an action that causes emotional and / or physical harm to a person. Abuse can also be the misuse of a person’s money and belongings. Abuse can also occur when a person knowingly fails or neglects to prevent harm occurring.
Abusive acts may happen just once or repeatedly over a period of time.
Abuse may also take place against more than just one person – for example, a couple or a family or a particular group of people.
Where does abuse occur?
Abuse can take place anywhere: in the victim’s own home, in residential care home, in sheltered housing. Abuse can even happen in more public places such as a surgery, day centre or at work.
Abuse can take place at any time and anywhere the victim is vulnerable.
Who are the abusers?
Victims of abuse often know their abuser well – the abuser might be known to the victim as their partner, relative or friend or work colleague.
They might be someone that the victim trusts such as a carer, a professional worker or a volunteer.
Abusers can even be strangers. Abusers can be anyone who has or is able to gain power over their victim and then misuses that power.
What are the different types of abuse? How can you spot the signs?
You can view all this information plus the signs and symptoms for various types of abuse in our handy poster: Click here for "SOS - The important things you need to remember about SOS".
How to report abuse
Even if you are not sure, even if it’s just a gut feeling or something just isn’t right or something that you think needs to be looked in to more….please SOS it to us!
You can download and fill out one of our SOS Report Cards and send it to us. Click here to download the SOS Report Card.
Janette Beckett, Director of Care and Social Business, is BCHG’s Safeguarding Officer. You can report any concerns to Janette via:
Telephone: 07896 342156
You can also report any concerns to the other members of our Safeguarding Panel: Richard Causer, Ramesh Malhan, Sarah Farnell, Maureen Bradley, Jennifer Bloor.
You can also report directly to the statutory services such as the Police, NHS and the local authority health and social care teams – details can be found on agency websites.