Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
What is it?
Abuse is “a single or repeated act or lack of action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. This can be perpetrated by family, friends or carers.
Abuse can come in a variety of different forms.
- Physical Abuse, for example hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking or other physical harm.
- Sexual Abuse, including rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not consented, could not consent or was pressured into consenting.
- Psychological Abuse, Including emotional abuse, threats of harm, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment or verbal abuse.
- Financial Abuse, Including theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property, or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or theft of property, possessions or benefits.
- Neglect, Including ignoring medical or physical care needs, and the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
- Discriminatory Abuse, the exploitation of a person’s vulnerability which excludes them from opportunities in society.
It includes discrimination on the basis of gender, sexuality, race, age, disability or religion.
What to look out for?
These are some of the signs which may indicate a vulnerable person or child is being abused.
- Bruises, Pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions and burns can all be indications of physical abuse, neglect or mistreatment.
- Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness and unusual depression can signify emotional abuse.
- Sudden changes in financial situation may be the result of exploitation
- Bedsores, poor hygiene and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect
All North Kesteven District Council staff are safeguarding trained.
What can you do if you have concerns?
Lincolnshire County Council have a specialist Safeguarding Team.
Do not ignore concerns you may have. You can call Lincolnshire County Council confidentially for advice or assistance on 01522 782 155.
Specialist Staff will respond to these referrals carrying out a careful and sensitive enquiry, considering the following factors;
- Nature and Extent of alleged abuse
- Duration of alleged abuse
- Impact upon the individual
- Repeated or serious acts of abuse against this or other vulnerable adults
How this enquiry progresses will be dependent on the seriousness of abuse and the wishes of the individual. Information and advice will be offered regarding practical help and courses of action available. If the person is unable to make an INFORMED CHOICE, care will be taken to support and protect them.
If you have more immediate concerns the Emergency Out of Hours Number is – 01522 782333
If a vulnerable adult is under immediate threat please call the Police on 999
Further information is on the websites tab above.