Abuse and neglect are each a violation of a person’s human and
civil rights. Sometimes abuse and neglect can result in
serious harm and even death.
What is Abuse?
- is the misuse of power by one person over another
- could consist of a single or repeated acts
- it might be physical, verbal, sexual, psychological, financial,
institutional or discriminatory
- it might happen when an adult at
risk is persuaded to take part in a financial agreement or
sexual act that they do not or cannot consent to
- it might be that an adult at risk is given too much medication
so they find things difficult to do, or they are restrained in a
chair or locked in a room to make things easier for the people who
are supposed to be caring for them
What is Neglect?
- it can prevent someone who is dependent on others for their
basic needs from exercising choice and control over their
- it can cause physical and emotional harm
- it undermines a person’s dignity
- it can be deliberate or unintentional
Abuse and neglect can happen anywhere –
in a person’s own home, in care homes and living schemes, in
hospitals, in colleges and even in public places. Abuse can be
carried out by anyone.
Contact Safeguarding Adults
Email Address: SafeguardingAdults@northumberland.gov.uk
Contact Adult Social Care
Telephone: 01670 536 400
Email address: Socialcare@northumbria.nhs.uk