SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS FROM ABUSE
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WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS FROM ABUSE?
Everyday vulnerable adults are physically, emotionally, financially or
sexually abused, discriminated against or
neglected by others. Every day people witness this but do and say
When a person reports the abuse of a vulnerable adult, this called a
“safeguarding alert”. The number of safeguarding alerts made continues
It is everyone’s responsibility to report abuse. Recognition of risk of
harm or harmful behaviour is critical to the
protection of people. Communities and carers have a very important role
in protecting people who may be unable to protect themselves. The
majority of safeguarding alerts are made either by social care staff or
health staff, however family members make the highest numbers of alerts
outside of the social care and health environment. Carers are often well
placed to see and say something about their concerns and we encourage
alerts from carers if they have any concerns about anybody they care
Who is a vulnerable adult?
A vulnerable adult is anyone aged 18 or over who is, or may be in need
of, community care services or need other people or family members to
People who may be included in a definition of a “vulnerable adult”:
• People with learning disabilities
• People with physical disabilities
• People with sensory impairment
• People with mental health needs, including dementia
• People who are physically or mentally frail.
What is abuse?
Any behaviour towards a person that deliberately or unknowingly causes
them harm, endangers their life or violates their rights is abuse. Abuse
may be a deliberate act or may be unintentional and someone failing to
act appropriately due to lack of knowledge or appropriate training, such
as misapplication of drugs or incorrect manual handling techniques being
used in order to transfer a person from one place to another.
Abuse may be a single incident or could be part of a systematic pattern.
Anyone could be an abuser but often they are well known to the
vulnerable adult, such as a member of the family, a friend or neighbour
or a work colleague.
Abusers can also be people in a position of trust or power such as
professional health and social care workers or voluntary helpers.
What must I do if I suspect abuse?
You may be concerned about something the person you care for tells you
or you may see or hear something happening to them that makes you feel
worried or uncomfortable.
Carers can help us to understand and know what is going on and about the
risks faced by the person they support and know well. Carers are often
well placed to spot distress and offer support during a safeguarding
investigation where this is appropriate.
Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business.
If you have concerns that someone you care for may be suffering from or
at risk of abuse you can call 01744 676600 now. The line is available 24
hours, 7 days a week
What will happen next?
Your call will be taken seriously and your concerns will be dealt with
in the strictest of confidence. In response to your call, trained staff
will carry out a careful and sensitive enquiry. A member of staff will
visit to listen to your concerns and will ask you some necessary
questions to ensure that they fully understand the person’s
circumstances. The person dealing with the report will work with the
person who is being abused to help them to make any decisions. They will
provide help and support in taking action to end the abuse and enable
them to ensure that it does not happen again. What happens then will
depend on the wishes of the person and the seriousness of their