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Some adults may be unable to protect themselves from harm. Their quality of life may be damaged by other people or they may be at risk of abuse. Abuse may be a one-off or can go on for longer periods. It can happen anywhere. It may be deliberate or it may be unintentional. Bournemouth Borough Council works with the police and other social care and health providers to keep people safe from harm. If you suspect someone is being abused, please contact us.
Who's at risk of abuse? |
What does abuse mean? |
If someone tells you they are being abused |
Reporting Abuse - Members of the Public |
Reporting Abuse - People Supporting Adults at Risk of Abuse|
Safeguarding Adults leaflet|
Safeguarding Adults easy-read leaflet |
Safeguarding Adults poster |
Financial abuse |
Protecting people from rogue doorstep traders|
Council Housing Landlord's Safeguarding Adults Protocols|
Deprivation of Liberty
Deprivation of Liberty Policy|
Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures|
Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board|
Terms of Reference, Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board|
Memorandum of Agreement, Bournemouth & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board|
Other useful website |
Safeguarding Directory| (directory of support and contacts for adults who have experienced abuse, and their carers)
People may be at risk of abuse if they:
Anyone can be an abuser. Often it is someone the person knows.
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Abuse takes many forms. It includes:
Abuse can happen anywhere. At home; in a care home, hospital or day centre; in public.
Call us if you see or hear someone being abused, or even if you suspect abuse. You can also contact the police. We will treat your concerns sensitively.
Please do not:
It is more effective if we all take responsibility for people at risk.
If you know someone is being abused, or think they may be, contact:
Bournemouth Care Direct (see related information panel for contact details)
or Dorset Police
Telephone 01202 222222
If you think someone may be at immediate risk of harm contact the Police by calling 999.
You can also tell a health or social care worker such as a social worker, nurse, doctor or occupational therapist.
If you report abuse to us we:
We ask you to provide a name and contact details in case we need to get in touch to ensure we have all the information we need to keep the person safe.
Vulnerable people may feel pressured into buying goods or services from traders who call at their home. Read the "Guide to Buying on the Doorstep|" and "Protecting People You Care About From Rogue Doorstep Traders|" to find out more about doorstep trading and how to protect people you know from being abused in this way.
Care Quality Commission| The independent regulator of health and social care in England which helps make sure better care is provided for everyone.
Independent Mental Capacity Advocate| (IMCA) service An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) works with someone who lacks capacity to make certain important decisions, if there is no one else to speak up for them. The advocate supports the person so that their views are put across. In Bournemouth, the IMCA service is run by Dorset Advocacy.
Independent Safeguarding Authority| helps prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.
Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board| aims to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Action on Elder Abuse| A charity working to protect, and prevent the abuse of, vulnerable older adults.
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