What is Abuse?
Abuse may take the form of a single or series of acts, large or small, whose impact ‘adversely affects’ the individual. Sometimes these abusive acts maybe deliberate on the part of the perpetrator, but they can also be unintentional.
An adult may experience several types of abuse at the same time, and although the different forms of abuse are presented below individually, there is often a lot of overlap between them. It is also important that people should not restrict their view of what abuse and neglect can actually mean. The following definitions are a ‘guide’ to what this can entail, with exploitation being a common theme:
When to Report Abuse
- The adult has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs)
- And is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect
How to Report Abuse and Neglect
You can report very serious abuse and neglect to Cleveland Police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency
You can report suspected abuse and neglect using a Concern Form (docx).
If you would like some help on how to complete a Concern Form, please see our EXAMPLE Concern Forms.
Alternatively If you are worried or want to talk to someone, contact your local Social Care Service.
01429 523 390
01642 065 070
Redcar & Cleveland
01642 771 500
01642 527 764
Evenings and Weekends
01642 524 552
Do not report abuse or neglect to the TSAB Business Unit
Consider risks to others – ‘Think Family’
Consideration must also be given as to whether anyone else is at risk as a result of an adult’s mental capacity. This may include children or other adults with care and support needs. Whilst actions may be limited in relation to the individual themselves, there may be a duty to take action to safeguard others. Should there be a concern that a parent may be neglecting children in their care, concerns must be reported to Children’s’ Social Care: Safeguarding Children Partnerships
Also See: Think Family Guidance Local Policies, Strategies and Procedures
If you need any further information or advice you can also contact:
Business Unit Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board: 01642 527263 [email protected]