Adult safeguarding is about protecting vulnerable people aged over 18 years from abuse by others.
Abuse can be something that is done to a person or something that is omitted from being done. It is a violation of an individual’s rights and can happen anywhere, including in someone’s home, a residential home, a nursing home, a day centre or hospital. It can happen once or repeatedly.
A vulnerable adult is someone aged 18 years or over who may be disabled, ill or frail and unable to care for or protect themselves from significant harm or exploitation.
Abuse includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, psychological abuse, neglect in an institution (such as a care home) or discriminatory (because of someone’s disability, age or sexuality).
All public agencies have a responsibility to ensure adults are kept safe and well but residents can also offer support by reporting any suspected instances of abuse to adults. They should contact the Access Centre on 0845 607 2000 and will be able to discuss their concerns confidentially.
All citizens of Worcestershire can expect to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
Worcestershire County Council has a duty to protect vulnerable people from abuse or neglect and is the lead agency for investigating reports of abuse or neglect from anyone in the county.
But safeguarding is everyone's business and all partner agencies are also responsible for ensuring adults are kept safe and well. The Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency partnership of health, police, social care and the voluntary sector and ensures all the agencies work together to ensure the safety of residents.
It is the violation of an individual's human or civil rights by another person or people. It can take many different forms and examples such as:
Contact the Access Centre on 0845 607 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org