Guidelines for Staff and Volunteers working with Adults
"There can be no secrets and no hiding place when it comes to exposing the abuse of vulnerable adults"
The Care Standards Act, No Secrets and Speaking Up For Justice form a comprehensive system for identifying and reporting crime against vulnerable adults.
Locally there are policies, procedures and guidance to protect vulnerable adults in all settings, from all forms of abuse. Here is a very brief summary of what abuse is, and what you should do.
A vulnerable adult is someone over 18 who is or may be in need of community care services, and may be being cared for by you.
Abuse is the violation of an individual's human and civil rights by any other person or persons. It may be something that is done to the person or something not done when it should have been. It may be:
If you have any concerns or suspicions that abuse has occurred
Protecting vulnerable children
What should I do if I think a child is being abused or neglected?
It is vital that child safety is a matter for everyone - not just those who work in the child protection service.
If you are worried about a child for any reason, contact Social Services and talk about your concerns. Please do not keep your worries to yourself.