Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding and concerns about an adult | Worcestershire County Council

Adult abuse and exploitation are serious issues that affect many people. They involve someone misusing their power or control over another person, causing harm or distress. Abuse and exploitation can happen anywhere, such as at home, in a care home, in a hospital, or online.

There are different types of abuse and exploitation, such as physical, sexual, psychological, financial, domestic, discriminatory, neglect, and self-neglect. Each type of abuse and exploitation has its own signs and indicators, which may not always be obvious or easy to detect. Some examples of abuse and exploitation are:

Being hit, slapped, pushed, or restrained without consent

Being forced or pressured to take part in sexual acts or watch sexual material without consent

Being threatened, humiliated, isolated, or harassed

Having money or valuables stolen or misused by someone else

Being forced to work or provide services for someone else without pay or freedom

Being treated unfairly or differently because of race, sex, age, disability, or other factors

Not being provided with enough food, water, medication, or care by someone who is responsible for them

Not taking care of oneself or one’s health and hygiene

Abuse and exploitation can have serious and lasting effects on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the person who experiences them. Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and exploitation. If you or someone you know is being abused or exploited, you should seek help from a trusted person or organisation.



To report a safeguarding concern call 01905 768 053

In all circumstances if you feel your own or someone else is in immediate danger you should call the police by dialling 999.


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