In 2020, NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) was commissioned by the National Lottery Community Foundation to create a national campaign to tackle the issue of underreporting of safeguarding concerns, specifically amongst staff, volunteers and trustees in the voluntary sector.
NAVCA formed a partnership with Community Action Suffolk (CAS) and Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) to tackle the issue. This partnership used the following plan to develop and share the #AreTheySafe campaign.
The issue of underreporting of safeguarding concerns was identified because historically people have seen or heard signs of abuse or neglect but failed to report them.
A YouGov poll (2013) states the reasons child abuse or neglect is underreported is the fear of:
• Falsely accusing someone of abuse (59%)
• The consequences on the victim (39%)
• Splitting up a family (17%)
• What would happen to the accused (17%)
• What happens next (15%)
It is also important to understand that not all safeguarding concerns look alike and you understand the main categories of abuse in children and adults and how to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse’
By removing the stigma of reporting and creating a greater understanding of safeguarding, we can change the behaviours of people witnessing potential abuse and neglect, and empower people to speak up and help people in abusive or neglectful situations receive the support they need.
Use the link below to download the campaign pack which includes:
You can also join us at one of our 'Every person, every conversation' events across the country to hear about this campaign and from your local DBS Outreach Advisor. Click here to find your local event.
Download the #AreTheySafe campaign pack and encourage your organisation and supporters to speak up when they see someone who may be at risk of abuse or neglect
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