HOPS believes everyone has the right to live free from abuse and have the right to protection from all forms of abuse or neglect regardless of age, ability or disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital status. 

HOPS is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all adults and recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect them from harm, abuse and exploitation. HOPS acknowledges its duty to act appropriately in the event of any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse.

HOPS is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment and an open, listening culture where people feel able to share concerns without fear of retribution.

HOPS recognises that health, well-being, ability, disability and need for care and support can affect a person’s resilience.  We recognise that some people experience barriers, for example, to communication in raising concerns or seeking help.   We recognise that these factors can vary at different points in people’s lives.

Actions taken by HOPS will be consistent with the principles of adult safeguarding ensuring that any action taken is prompt, proportionate and that it includes and respects the voice of the adult concerned.

HOPS acknowledges that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.