What to do...
If you are being abused, know of someone who is being abused or think someone may be at risk, it is important that you inform the right people.
We want to reassure you that the people who you talk to will take your concerns seriously and can provide support, and guidance and take action to ensure the safety of everyone.
Please speak to a member of staff who will help you get the help you need. All our staff are trained in confidentiality and safeguarding.
We will support you.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding - This is defined as protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, enabling them to live free from harm, abuse, and neglect. It is fundamental to high-quality health and social care.
Adult at risk - This is a person aged 18 or over in need of care and support, or someone already receiving care and support and, as a result, is unable to protect himself/herself from harm, abuse or neglect.
Child or young person - This is any person, male or female, under the age of 18 in need of care and support, or someone already receiving care and support and, as a result, is unable to protect himself/herself from harm, abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone!
Types of Abuse...
There are many types of abuse such as:
- Physical - Hitting, biting, shaking or pushing.
- Sexual - Any sexual contact which is non-consensual.
- Emotional - Humiliation, intimidation and verbal abuse.
- Neglect - Ignoring or refusing basic care needs.
- Self-Neglect - Inability to care for yourself.
- Discriminatory - Values, beliefs or culture results in misuse of power.
- Institutional - Misuse of power and lack of respect by professionals, and poor practice.
- Financial - Use of an individual’s funds without consent or authorisation.
- Modern Slavery - Includes human trafficking, servitude and forced labour.
These are just some examples of how people can be abused or neglected through actions directed towards them that cause harm, endanger them or violate their rights.
Who can abuse?
Abuse can occur anywhere such as at home, in a care setting, hospital, college, school or any other public place. It could be from:
- Family members or Friends
- Other Patients or those at risk
- Young people
- Care workers or volunteers
Do not delay. If you suspect or know that someone is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, report it immediately!
- Dr Mary Philipsz, Adult Safeguarding Lead
- Dr Caroline Knox, Child Safeguarding Lead
- Dr Mark Kinghan, Deputy Adult Safeguarding Lead
- Sharon Erlston, Deputy Child Safeguarding Lead
- Tracey Lynch, Administrative Safeguarding Lead
The team will ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support.
Who to Contact?
- Adult Community Services: Sheryl McKeating 07825 340615
- Child Services: 0333 2401727
- Police Adult Abuse Investigation Unit: 999 or 101
- Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit: 999 or 101
- Care Quality Commission: 03000 616161
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