Abuse or neglect can happen anywhere including at home, in care homes, day care centres or hospitals. It may be a single act or take place over a longer period of time. Abuse can take different forms:
Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect:
It is not easy to identify signs that could indicate an adult with care and support needs is being abused or neglected, especially if the person being abused or neglected is afraid to speak out.
However, there are some more common signs of abuse or neglect which if seen, may suggest that abuse has occurred
It is far more likely that the person responsible for the abuse or neglect is known to the adult and is in a position of trust and power.
It is important to remember that abuse or neglect can happen anywhere: for example, in someone’s own home, in a public place, in hospital, in a care home or in college. It can take place when an adult lives alone or with others.
Promoting people’s wellbeing is at the heart of the Care Act 2014, and the prevention of abuse and neglect is an essential part of promoting someone’s wellbeing.
Safeguarding duties apply to all adults with care and support regardless of whether the person has care and support needs that are being met the council, another agency or whether the person is privately funding their own support.
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City of York Council and other local commissioners have a duty to make sure that the care and support services they commission are provided safely and to a high standard, while also recognising and tackling the abuse and neglect that happens in community and domestic settings.
Working with their partner organisations, including housing organisations, the National Health Service (NHS) and the police, City of York Safeguarding Adults Board will make sure that adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect are enabled to live as safely and independently as possible, making their own decisions and taking control of their own lives.
City of York Council also has safeguarding responsibilities for carers which , in the majority of situations, will be met through an assessment of their cares needs
It is important to remember that anyone can carry out abuse or neglect, including:
If you think you or someone you know is being abused, or neglected you should tell someone you trust.
This could be a friend, a teacher, your family, a social worker, a doctor, a police officer or someone else that you trust. Ask them to help you stop it, report it or make a complaint and remember that you understand abuse or neglect is never your fault.
Supporting people when concerns are raised about abuse or neglect can be very difficult and distressing for everyone involved. Deciding what the right thing to do can be stressful, particularly if the person you are concerned about is reluctant to accept support. If you are not sure what to do you can always seek advice.
To report a crime:
To report a safeguarding concern:
If you're not sure what to do the City of York Council adult social care team can give you advice, telephone 01904 555111.
If you are a paid worker or volunteer you will need to refer to use the use the Safeguarding Adults 'concern form' to tell the City of York Council about your concerns.
City of York Council will always take it seriously when someone tells them that they believe an adult with care and support needs has experienced abuse or neglect, or they have information about a situation that could lead to abuse or neglect.
Everyone is different and the Council will need different information, advice and support depending on their situation.
The Council will always make sure that the adult with care and support needs receives the help and support they need to take action and make choices that help them to retain choice over their own life.
More information can be found on the City of York Safeguarding Adults Board website.
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Last reviewed: 16/01/2020
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