Report Abuse

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:

SCIE: At a Glance Adult Safeguarding Types and Indicators of Abuse (pdf)

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

If you are worried or want to talk to someone, contact your local Social Care Service.

Hartlepool

01429 523 390     dutyteam@hartlepool.gcsx.gov.uk

Middlesbrough

01642 065 070     adultsafeguardingalert@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Redcar & Cleveland

01642 065 070    contactus@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Stockton-on-Tees

01642 527 764     firstcontactadults@stockton.gov.uk

Evenings and Weekends

01642 524 552

If you are a professional you can report suspected abuse and neglect using a Concern Form.

If you need any further information or advice you can also contact:
Business Unit Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board: 01642 527263 tsab.businessunit@stockton.gov.uk

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: Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Also See: Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Adults and Children at Risk Guidance Local Policies, Strategies and Procedures

Do not report abuse or neglect to the Business Unit.