Safeguarding at Sense: for parents, carers and people we support

Raise a safeguarding issue

Tell Sense if you are concerned about yourself or somebody else in one of our services.

This page gives an overview of what safeguarding is, with a link to the different laws and systems in place in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

It covers Sense’s commitment to safeguarding, and our approach to making sure adults with complex disabilities or learning disabilities can live independently and make their own choices.

On this page:

Sense’s commitment to safeguarding

At Sense, we believe every person has the right to live a life free from abuse and neglect, and take a zero tolerance approach to abuse and neglect.

We work with individuals, families and carers, as well as healthcare professionals and agencies, to safeguard the children, young people and adults we support.

We have policies, procedures and training to keep people safe from abuse or neglect.

Sense has a Safeguarding Board to monitor safeguarding concerns throughout the organisation and to ensure that we always take appropriate action to keep people safe.

We always take action to follow up a concern about a person’s safety and wellbeing and where there is an allegation of abuse.

Making safeguarding personal

If you are an adult with complex disabilities or learning difficulties, safeguarding is also about you being independent and making your own choices.

This idea can be summed up as: no decision about me, without me.

Our goal is to support individuals to grow in confidence and skills, to make their own choices and to live as fully as possible.

This includes supporting people to try new things and take informed risks. We aim to manage risk, not avoid it.

Find out more about the principles we follow on our page about safeguarding for professionals. Information includes:

  • Making sure you are involved in decisions about your safeguarding
  • Supporting you to take informed risks
  • Managing risk
  • What to do when things go wrong
  • Our policies, procedures and training
  • Guidance for Sense staff and volunteer

Further information and support

To find information and support from a wide range of other organisations on all aspects of safeguarding, abuse and neglect, visit our safeguarding page.

This content was last reviewed in April 2023. We’ll review it again in 2025.