If you have noticed any form of abuse:
If you think an adult is at risk of abuse or you are worried that someone might be abused raise your concern at:
If you are unable to complete the online form call the Adult Protection Unit on 01274 431077
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Friday: 8.30am to 4pm
Telephone 01274 431010 (outside office hours)
Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 7.30am
Friday to Monday: 4.30pm to 7.30am
Safeguarding is about protecting people from abuse, preventing abuse from happening and making people aware of their rights.
Adult abuse can happen to anyone aged over 18.
Some adults find it harder to get help and may be more at risk of harm, such as those with:
Informal carers such as partners, relatives or friends can also get help if they are being abused.
Help is available.
Abuse can take many forms, there is no definitive list of what incidents amount to abuse, however the following would be considered abuse:
Examples of physical abuse include: hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication, illegal restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.
Examples of sexual abuse include - rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult at risk has not consented, or could not consent or was pressured into consenting. Sexual acts would include being made to watch sexual activity.
Examples of psychological/emotional abuse include - threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, cyber bullying, isolation or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal from services or supportive networks.
Financial and material abuse is a crime. It is the use of a person’s property, assets, income, funds or any resources without their informed consent or authorisation. It includes: theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adults financial affairs or arrangements, such as wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, exploitation or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits and the misuse of an enduring power of attorney or a lasting power of attorney, or appointeeship.
Modern slavery includes human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use the means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhuman treatment.
Examples of discriminatory abuse include - abuse based on a person’s race, gender, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion; or other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment or hate crime/hate incident.
Examples of neglect and acts of omission include - ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
Whenever any form of abuse is caused by an organisation, it may be organisational abuse. Organisational abuse includes neglect and poor practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, for example, or in relation to care provided in one’s own home. This may range from one off incidents to on-going ill-treatment. It can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation.
Self-neglect covers a wide range of behaviours, such as neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviours such as hoarding.
Examples of domestic violence include psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; as well as so called ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Yes, many kinds of abuse are crimes – for example physical or sexual assault, theft, wilful neglect and harassment.
Hate crime is also abuse. It is when a person is targeted for abuse because of their race, religion, nationality, sexuality, age, gender or disability.
Crimes should be reported first of all to the police. If you are worried about doing this or if you are not sure if it is a crime contact one of the other organisations that can help.
Abuse in some cases is clearly deliberate and intentionally unkind. However in some cases abuse happens because:
Abuse is against everyone’s human and civil rights.
Anyone can abuse or mistreat you, including those closest to you, for example:
Abuse can happen in various places, for example:
If you are being harmed or mistreated in any way don’t suffer in silence, SPEAK OUT!
Tell someone you can trust AND who can help, here are some examples:
If you are in immediate danger, contact the police or an ambulance on 999. If a crime has already been committed, or for advice, contact the police on 101 or textphone 18001 101.
It doesn’t matter if abuse has only happened once or many times – it’s wrong and should be stopped.
Help is available – you will be listened to and supported.
There are organisations that can help.
If you feel unable to call yourself, tell someone you trust to do it for you.
Abuse can be hard to spot; some of the signs are very subtle. Some of the things that you can look out for are:
If you suspect someone is being abused you should:
What you say will be taken seriously.
Someone from Advocacy Services will listen to you and help you to:
There are many Advocacy Services that can help, some are listed below.
If you are not sure which one to contact, don’t worry. They will all help you to find the right service for you. Most organisations are happy to ring you back; if you need this service please let them know.
for queries and referrals regarding someone with mental ill health, including dementia or any other degenerative illness
Telephone: 01274 770118
for queries and referrals regarding someone with learning disabilities
Telephone: 01274 391691
offers advocacy on any community issues
Telephone: 0844 245 1282