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Suspected abuse or neglect

Safeguarding Adults


If you are concerned that an adult has been or is being abused:

  • Report this to Adult Social Care
  • Or if a crime has been committed and the person is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the Police / an ambulance.  If the person is not in immediate danger call the Police on 0116 222 2222
  • Or direct to a helpline such as Action on Elder Abuse - see Adult Protection Links
In Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, we have policy and procedures that ensure the relevant agencies and services work together to prevent abuse and to help and support adults with community care needs who may have been the victim of abuse.
We all have the right to live our lives free from abuse - It is recognised that certain groups of people may be more likely to experience abuse and less able to access services or support to keep themselves safe. One such group is people with community care needs. This group may include people with:-
  • a learning / physical / sensory disability
  • mental ill health or dementia
  • frailty due to age
  • acquired brain injury
  • a drug / alcohol problem
  • certain types of physical illness
Abuse can be:-
  • Physical - such as hitting, slapping, rough handling, misuse of medication, misuse of restraint.
  • Sexual - making someone carry out a sexual act they have not or cannot consent to.
  • Psychological - such as threats or humiliation.
  • Financial - such as theft of money / possessions, misuse of someone's benefits.
  • Neglect - such as a carer not meeting a person's care or health needs.
  • Discriminatory - Any form of abuse based on discrimination because of a person's race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation etc.
  • Institutional - abuse or poor practice throughout an organisation.
Abuse can be perpetrated by anyone - relatives, partners, friends, care workers, or strangers - and can happen anywhere.

Related links

External links

The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
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Page Last Updated: 29 August 2012