Safeguarding adults: types and indicators of abuse

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Publisher
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 January 2015
Series
At a glance; 69
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Disabled people, Mental health services, Older Adults
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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People with care and support needs, such as older people or people with disabilities, are more likely to be abused or neglected. They may be seen as an easy target and may be less likely to identify abuse themselves or to report it. People with communication difficulties can be particularly at risk because they may not be able to alert others. Sometimes people may not even be aware that they are being abused, and this is especially likely if they have a cognitive impairment. Abusers may try to prevent access to the person they abuse. Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect. This briefing aims to help people who come into contact with people with care and support needs to identify abuse and recognise possible indicators

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