Safeguarding adults

Adult safeguarding is the process of protecting adults with care and support needs from abuse or neglect.  They could be an adult with a learning disability, with a physical disability who needs help from others, with mental health needs, with autism, with sensory impairments, one that has aspergers syndrome, who misuses alcohol or drugs, or older adults who need help from others.

There are different types of abuse.

  • physical - anything that causes physical harm
  • domestic violence - including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional and so called'honour' based violence
  • psychological - including threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, controlling, intimidations
  • financial - theft, fraud, internet scamming, misuse or misappropriation of property or possessions or benefits
  • sexual - including rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, sexual teasing, innuendo
  • modern slavery - including human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude
  • neglect - not being given the help support or treatment needed
  • discrimination - including harassment, slurs or similar treatment because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion
  • organisational - including neglect, poor care practice within an institution 
  • neglect and acts of omission - including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or education services
  • self neglect - including neglecting to care for one's personal hygiene, health or surroundings, and includes behaviour such as hoarding.

If you think that you or someone is being abused it is important that you tell some one.  It could be your doctor, a care worker, or a nurse or Social Care Services or the police.  However you should consider your actions carefully as it is important not to put people at greater risk, so you should try to gain the consent of the person involved or seek advice in the first instance from a professional without disclosing any personal details.  The views and wishes of the person at risk will always be listened to and respected and nothing will be done which will make matters worse for them.  The Care Act 2014 introduces new duties to Local Authorities to ensure that well being, dignity and choice are at the heart of health and social care and it puts adult safeguarding on a legal footing. 

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