Safeguarding Adults from Abuse in Bridgend
Who is vulnerable?
Those who need safeguarding help are often elderly and frail, living in their own homes within the community or in care home settings. Age and frailty is not always a factor in being vulnerable to poor or abusive care. Having a learning or physical disability or a mental health issue or a sensory impairment will often place people in a position where they have to rely on and trust others for their care and support.
Everyone has a right to live their lives free from violence , abuse and exploitation and so Bridgend is committed to work closely with partner agencies in accordance to the Wales Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Abuse.
We will respond to all allegations of abuse to ensure that the vulnerable person is safeguarded.
What is abuse?
Abuse is a violation of a person’s human and civil rights by any other person(s). It may:
- Be a single or repeated act(s).
- Be physical, verbal, psychological, sexual, discriminatory, financial.
- Be a failure to act or an omission by someone which causes neglect.
What might you notice?
These are only a few examples of possible signs, none being conclusive on their own. You may witness or experience the following:
- Injuries, slaps, undue restraint, inappropriate use of medication
- Being subjected to unwanted sexual acts
- Weight loss, de-hydration, lack of personal care, appearing unkempt, dirty
- Bills not being paid, no or poor quality food, sudden loss of assets
- No assistance to get medical attention or appointments
- Changes in behaviour or mood
- Social isolation from usual friends/ family/social network
- When a carer looks after you in a way that benefits them and not you
What do I do if I suspect that abuse is happening?
You can contact the Adult Safeguarding Team on 01656 642477
They will be able to discuss your concerns with you and advise you on what action may be taken. You will be listened to and taken seriously.
Adult Safeguarding Team
Bridgend Science Park
For more information see: South Wales Safeguarding Adults Strategic Management Board