Abuse can happen to anyone, but some adults are more "at risk" of abuse or neglect because they are more vulnerable.
A person is defined as an "adult at risk" if they are:
18 years or older
In need of care and support (whether or not they get any) because of their age, disability, illness, mental health needs, drug or alcohol misuse and
- As a result of their care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from harm
If you or someone you know is being abused (or you suspect they are).
Speak out! Don't ignore it! Report it!
If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999.
If there is no immediate danger you can tell someone you trust. This might be someone in your family, a friend or neighbour, or it could be a professional, like your doctor, social worker or care worker.
If you don't want to tell someone you know, you can tell the Safeguarding Team in your area:
If you report adult abuse to us we will:
Listen to you
Take all concerns seriously
Treat the information you give us in the strictest confidence
Help to stop the abuse
Keep you informed and involved at each stage of our safeguarding adults procedure
In Sheffield we have a Safeguarding Partnership which is made up of a range of organisations including ourselves, NHS, police and voluntary sector.
These organisations work closely together to make sure that all cases of suspected abuse are investigated fully and that vulnerable adults are protected from harm.
Types of Abuse
Abuse can take many forms, including: