Safeguarding at risk adults is the responsibility of all staff (employed, contracted and who volunteer) who during the course of their job come directly or indirectly into contact with at risk adults.
What defines an at risk adult?
An at risk adult is a person aged 18 or over, who is/may be unable to protect him or herself against significant harm due to age, illness or disability (e.g. physical impairment, learning disability, mental health condition).
The Care Act 2014 sets out that the overarching objective of a Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB) is to ensure that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults in its area who have needs for care and support - whether they are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect or are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding Adults Boards
Safeguarding Adults Boards in Cheshire East and Cheshire West help and supports individual agencies in meeting their responsibilities by:
- Producing a business plan to provide a framework for all multi-agency activities within safeguarding
- Producing a comprehensive range of publicity information in accordance with the marketing strategy
- Producing a multi-agency training strategy
- Producing an Annual Report
What is abuse?
Types of Abuse
The board recognises that abuse may take many forms and its impact on the person concerned is what matters. It is the duty of anyone suspecting abuse to report it appropriately. Abuse may include:
Including assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.
Including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Including forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment; because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
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.
Including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational.