Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults and children is everybody’s business.
All staff in Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have a duty to report abuse or concerns they have or are made aware of.
All reports are taken seriously and treated confidentially.
Safeguarding children involves:
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
If you are worried about a child and think that he or she may be the victim of, or at risk from neglect, abuse or cruelty - talk to a teacher, health professional or youth worker, who will give you advice about what to do next. Alternatively, you can contact the Police on 101 or Worcestershire County Council Family Front Door on 01905 01905 822 666 from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Web link to Children’s Social Care in Worcestershire:
Sometimes adults (anyone aged 18 years or older) with care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from the risk - or experience - of abuse or neglect. 'Safeguarding' is a term that describes the process for protecting them, and it is covered by law.
Abuse can occur in any relationship and may result in significant harm or exploitation of an adult at risk. A wide range of people may harm adults including: staff members, professionals, volunteers, other patients or service users, relatives, friends, neighbours and strangers
What is Abuse?
The Care Act 2014 sets out the following areas which are recognised forms of abuse;
- Physical abuse – including assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.
- Domestic violence – including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based violence.
- Sexual abuse – including rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.
- Psychological abuse – including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, cyber bullying, isolation or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or supportive networks.
- Financial or material abuse – including theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
- Modern slavery – encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.
- Discriminatory abuse – including forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment; because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
- Organisational abuse – including neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, for example, or in relation to care provided in one’s own home. This may range from one off incidents to on-going ill-treatment. It can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation.
- Neglect and acts of omission – including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating
- Self-neglect – this covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding
If you need advice and guidance regarding the potential abuse of an Adult at Risk talk to a staff member at Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust who will support you to report your concerns, or contact Worcestershire
County Council on: 01905 768053 or contact the Police on 101.
Worcestershire Health and Care Trust Safeguarding Declaration.
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