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What is Physical Abuse?

Physical Abuse is the non-accidental infliction of physical force that results (or could result) in bodily injury, pain or impairment.

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Concerns as a member of the public

Adult abuse happens every day. You may be aware of it, but don’t know what to do about it.

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What are the different types of abuse?

Abuse can take many forms, including:

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What is Hate Crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes (actual criminal offences) that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:

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How do I report harm or a concern?

Abuse can happen to anyone, but some adults are more "at risk" of abuse or neglect because they are more vulnerable.

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Preserving Evidence

Where it is suspected that a crime has been committed, the police should be contacted immediately and physical, forensic and other evidence should be preserved, see Achieving Best Evidence: Witness Support and Special Measures.

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What is Discriminatory Abuse?

This type of Abuse is motivated by discriminatory and oppressive attitudes towards people on the grounds of disability, gender and gender identity and reassignment, age, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and political beliefs.

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Concerns as a worker/volunteer

People’s wellbeing is at the heart of the care and support system under the Care Act 2014, and the prevention of abuse and neglect is one of the elements identified as going to make up a person’s wellbeing.

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The Aims of Adult Safeguarding

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

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What is Mate Crime?

Mate Crime is a form of hate crime and is defined as the exploitation, abuse or theft from any person at risk from those they consider to be their friends. Those that commit such abuse or theft are often referred to as 'fake friends'. People with disabilities, particularly those with learning disabilities, are often the targets of this type of crime.

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What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is the direct or indirect involvement in sexual activity without Consent. This could also be the inability to consent, pressure or induced to consent or take part. Sexual abuse includes rape, indecent assault, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.

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What is Stalking?

It is hard to give an exact definition of stalking because stalkers will often use multiple and differing methods to harass their victims. Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour such as regularly sending flowers or gifts, making unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted, causing you fear, distress or anxiety then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it.

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Safeguarding FAQs

Q: The adult has capacity to make a choice about safeguarding; they are saying they would like me to take no further action – is this OK?

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Risk assessment process

This process, which should be undertaken in advance of the face-to-face, includes gathering information from systems held within the Local authority and in conversations held with other professionals including GP’s and the police where appropriate, who know, or have some involvement with the Adult at Risk.

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What is Organisational Abuse?

Organisational Abuse includes neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home or in relation to care provided in one’s own home. This may range from one off incidents to on-going ill-treatment.

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What is Domestic Violence?

With effect from March 2013, the official Government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

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Information Sharing Guidance

The aim of this chapter is to facilitate and provide clear guidance on the exchange of personal and sensitive information for the investigation and responding to suspected Abuse and neglect of adults within South Yorkshire. Signatory organisations to the Safeguarding Adults Procedures have already committed to working together on the identification, investigation, treatment and prevention of abuse or mistreatment of Adults at Risk. This chapter provides a clear basis for operational staff to improve information exchanges to support earlier identification, prevention, investigation and treatment of abuse of Adults at Risk.

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