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Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week

Last Updated: 11 Oct 2019 2:18pm

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Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week encourages you to recognise the different types of abuse or neglect and report any concerns you may have.

Safeguarding is protecting an adult’s right to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect. We all have a responsibility to look after each other, but some people don’t report their concerns because they don’t know the key signs, feel it isn’t their business or don’t know who they should talk to. The result is that councils, health providers and other organisations miss out on important information that could help them protect adults from exploitation and abuse.

There are different kinds of abuse and it can happen anywhere. Abuse occurs when someone exploits another person or treats them in a way that harms or hurts them. It can happen once or on multiple occasions. People who abuse are not always strangers. They can also be partners, relatives, a friend, neighbour or carer.

Examples of abuse include:

  • physical
  • domestic
  • sexual
  • psychological (for example threats, harassment or forcing someone to live somewhere they don’t want to)
  • financial or material
  • modern slavery
  • discriminatory
  • organisational or institutional
  • not caring for someone properly (neglect)
  • forced honour based violence
  • hate crime
  • mate crime

Read more about how to recognise different types of abuse.

If you're worried about someone and if it is safe to do so, talk to them to ask if they’re okay.
If you have concerns about someone’s wellbeing and safety and you suspect something is wrong, you can report it to
Kent Social Services on 03000 41 61 61 or Medway Social Services on 01634 33 44 66. Tell them as much as you can.

If you're alarmed that someone is in imminent danger, call 999.

Safeguarding Adults Awareness week is led by the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board. Throughout the week,
there will be a number activities and events taking place across Kent and Medway. For more information,
visit Kent County Council’s website.

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