Name: Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2021 9:08am

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. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and anything you notice could form part of a bigger picture. 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.

The main types of abuse are:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Financial or Material Abuse
  • Modern Slavery
  • Discriminatory Abuse
  • Organisational Abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission self- neglect
  • Forced honour - based violence
  • Mate Crime
  • Hate Crime

There are key signs for all of the above. It's up to all of us to look after each other and if you are worried about someone, talk to them, if it is safe to do so.

If you are still concerned, or it is not safe to talk to them, contact Social Services on 03000 41 61 61 (text relay 18001 03000 41 61 61) or email and provide as much information as possible. In an emergency, call 999.

Safeguarding Adults Awareness week is supported by the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB). Throughout the week, there will be a number activities and events taking place across Kent and Medway. For more information, visit the KMSAB website.

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