What is Adult Abuse?
Abuse can happen in many ways.
People can be physically or sexually
abused or have their money taken from them or used in ways to
which they don’t agree to.
People may not be treated with
dignity, care or respect, they may be bullied, humiliated or denied
contact with others.
Abuse can be the result of a single
act or people can experience abuse over months or years. People may
abuse accidentally or some people may target others to abuse them
deliberately and consistently for their own benefit.
Where does Abuse occur?
Abuse can occur anywhere, for example,
in a person’s own home, in a residential or nursing care service,
day centres, places of work, college, hospital or any public place
(such as in the street or in the pub). It can even happen over the
telephone or on the
People often know and trust the
person. This person may be paid to care or thought of as a friend
or even be a family member.
What can be done to help?
Professionals that provide services
have a duty of care. Sefton has a multi-agency framework for action
to safeguard adults, which Health and Social Care Directorate in
Sefton Council along with Merseyside Police, when appropriate, will
take the lead in
investigating issues of alleged
Initial contact can be made to the
Sefton Council Contact Centre on: 0845 140
0845. An operator will take some brief details so that a
Customer Access Officer can call you back.
Out of hours you can contact Sefton’s
Emergency Duty Team on 0151 920 8234.
In an emergency you can call 999 at
If you prefer you can speak to a health
professional, district nurse or solicitor etc., who will
make the referral on your behalf.
You can access Safeguarding Adults documents:
Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedural
Framework for Action 2011
( PDF 919kb)
You can download information about Safeguarding Adults
in leaflet format
( PDF 312kb)
Last Updated on 6/15/2012