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What is adult abuse and how to report concerns

Find out who is at risk of abuse and how to report concerns.

Further information

Who is an adult at risk of harm?

An adult at risk of harm is defined as someone who may have needs for care and support, and is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect and is unable to protect themselves.

What is abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect happens in lots of different ways, for example:

  • when someone hurts or treats another person badly
  • when someone does things to upset or frighten people
  • when someone ignores medical or physical care needs. 

Abuse and neglect can happen anywhere. Adults with care and support needs could be abused by anyone, including a partner, family member, neighbour, friend, health or social care professional, volunteer or a stranger.

The leaflets below provide more information on the different types of abuse, the safeguarding process and how to report concerns about an adult.

What can I do if I am being abused or I am worried that someone else is?

Help raise awareness

It is important to help raise awareness of what safeguarding is to ensure that we help to protect adults who are unable to protect themselves.

All organisations (large/small), individuals/volunteers/employers are encouraged:

  • to print the leaflets and postcard attached below and display them on notice boards
  • to discuss the leaflets with people/employees to explain to them what the leaflet is about and the help available. 

Additionally, if your organisation is holding an event and would like a stand about safeguarding adults, please contact us with the details of the event.

If you would like printed postcards sending out to you like the example below, send us an email.