Our Safeguarding Adults e-learning course aims to help with the protection of vulnerable adults from abuse through increased awareness, recognition and knowing how to respond to suspicions of adult abuse.
A vulnerable adult is anyone over the age of 18 who is receiving or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is unable to take care or protect himself or herself against harm or exploitation.
In March 2000 the Department of Health issued its No Secrets Guidance. One of the main aims of this Guidance was to ensure that local authorities take the lead in developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse.
Most adults with a mental illness, physical impairment, learning disability or other special needs are able to live safely and securely. For a small number, however, dependence on someone else may lead to exploitation and abuse.
This guide aims to help you understand what abuse is, how to recognise it, and what to do if you suspect that an adult needs protection from abuse.
Everyone should be committed to a policy of Zero Tolerance towards the abuse of vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding Adults recognises that the protection of vulnerable adults from abuse is the responsibility of all sections of society. However, those organisations and individuals that provide services for vulnerable adults, or are in regular contact with them, have a particular responsibility to be aware that abuse can occur.
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