It is your responsibility to know what you can do about it!
Abuse is any behaviour towards a person that deliberately or unknowingly causes him or her harm, endangers life or violates their rights. Abuse may be:
- Physical: hitting or kicking
- Sexual: assault or exposure
- Psychological: being made to feel unhappy or devalued
- Financial or Material: stealing or denying access to money or possessions
- Neglect: deliberate withholding or unintentional failures to provide appropriate and adequate care and support
- Discrimination: abuse motivated by discriminatory attitudes
- Domestic Violence: Including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based violence
- Modern Slavery: Encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment
- Self Neglect: This covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding
A vulnerable child is anyone under 18 years. A vulnerable adult is a person who may not be able to protect themselves from abuse or neglect. This could be due to their age or because they have a disability or health problem.
Anyone can abuse. An abuser may often be known to the person, such as a partner or family member. Abusers could also be people in positions of trust or power such as health or social care professionals, or care workers.
Abuse can happen anywhere:
- At home
- In a care home
- At work
- At college
- In hospital
- In surgeries
- In the community
You may be concerned about someone whether or not you know them well. They may tell you something that has happened to them or you may witness something that makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable.
DON’T KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. Helping a vulnerable person is easy, just share your concerns with us or your local authority safeguarding team. Your call may be the one thing that enables a vulnerable person to escape and be free from abuse. If you are being abused yourself we may be able to help stop it.
Call us on 0300 00 44 444
24 hours a day and ask for the number of your local Social Care Direct. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence, so don’t worry about reporting abuse.
If you think the vulnerable person is in immediate danger call the police on 999 straight away.
If you think a criminal offence has been committed but it’s not urgent call your local Police authority on 101.