A guide to Adult Safeguarding in Shropshire
Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.Living a life free from harm and abuse is everyone’s human right. We all need to act as good neighbours and citizens to look out and care for one another. We all have a role to help one another to stay safe and free from abuse.
Please do your best to prevent abuse from affecting others. Simply checking on neighbours can make a huge difference to someone's life. If you find someone being abused and the person with your support can't manage to stop it, please speak to a professional who will be able to help like the police, the person’s doctor or someone supporting the adult affected.
What is abuse?
Abuse can take many forms under the following headings:
- Physical abuse
- Financial abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Discriminatory abuse
- Neglect and self-neglect
- Domestic abuse
- Modern slavery
- Organisational abuse
Abuse can happen to anyone at any age. Adults with care and support needs are particularly at risk of abuse.
Adult with care and support needs include:
- Older people needing help from others
- People with learning disability
- People living with physical disabilities
- Adults with mental health needs
- People who misuse alcohol or drugs
Abuse can happen in many different settings including:
- Someone’s own home
- A care home
- A hospital
- A day centre
- A public place
Abuse is carried out by many different people but it is usually someone who is known and trusted. It might be:
- A family member, a partner or a neighbour
- A care worker, volunteer or a friend
Many agencies in Shropshire are working together in a partnership called the Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Board, to prevent abuse and respond quickly when we think someone may be continuing to be at risk of abuse or neglect. The three agencies which must be members of the board are the council, the police and the clinical commissioning group in our area. Take a look at our strategic plan to find out more about our work.