The London Borough of Hounslow and Hounslow Safeguarding Adults Board, are encouraging residents to look out for and report abuse of vulnerable adults.
Published: Monday, 3rd April 2017
The London Borough of Hounslow and Hounslow Safeguarding Adults Board, are encouraging residents to look out for
and report abuse of vulnerable adults to ensure no one is left in silence.
The safeguarding awareness campaign aims to inform people about what adult abuse is, where to go for support and how to stop it happening.
There will be a series of posters promoting the need to look out for and report abuse, with the tagline – ABUSE: SEE IT. HEAR IT. STOP IT. A new advice leaflet has also been published which will be available throughout the borough.
Abuse may be a repeated or single act, and can affect anyone who is over the age of 18 who is unable to protect themselves. It can be unintended or deliberate. Abuse might include one or more of the following:
- Physical - hitting, kicking, misusing medication, or using illegal restraints
- Domestic – controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour or violence
- Sexual - rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not consented, could not consent or was pressured into consenting
- Psychological – shouting, swearing, name calling, bullying, intimidation, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks
- Financial or material - theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions, the misuse or misappropriation of property and or benefits
- Neglect - ignoring medical or physical care needs, misuse of medication
- Modern slavery – human trafficking and forced labour
- Discriminatory – harassment, hurtful behaviour based on a person's ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Adults can be at risk of abuse at work or college, or in hospital, residential homes, in public and even in their own homes. Abuse can also occur over the telephone or internet, and via social media or email.
There is no easy way to identify signs of abuse, but some of the signs may include:
- Multiple bruising or finger marks
- Injuries the person cannot give a good reason for
- Deterioration of health for no apparent reason
- Loss of weight
- Inappropriate or inadequate clothing
- Withdrawal or changes in usual behaviour
- A person who is unwilling to be alone with a particular carer or
- Unexplained shortage of money.
Councillor Kamaljit Kaur, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “At some point in their lives most adults need care and support from others. “
“Sometimes we experience situations in which we feel unable to protect ourselves from the action of others.
“Adult safeguarding is a way of supporting people over the age of 18 to protect themselves from abuse by others.
“We are committed to ensuring that everyone who lives in or uses services within the London Borough of Hounslow is supported to make decisions about how live their life free from abuse and neglect. “
If you believe someone is abusing you or if you know of someone who may be at risk, talk to someone. This could be someone you trust in your family, a friend, a care manager, your GP or you should call the police on 999 if it is an emergency or 101 if an immediate response is not needed. They can also call the council’s First Contact on 020 8583 3100 or email the Adult Social Care team
Hounslow Safeguarding Adults Board is a group of local organisations who come together to prevent and intervene when local residents (adults at risk of abuse) are at risk or subject to abuse.
The board also host seminars open to both colleagues and local residents every three months to look at issues which are causing concern. Seminars have included looking at people trafficking and chaotic lives. The people trafficking seminar has led to a joint piece of work with the Community Safety Partnership to promote awareness and ensure the National Referral Mechanism operates effectively in Hounslow.
For further information please visit the Safeguarding Adults webpage