Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

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1.1 Define the following types of abuse: • Physical abuse is physical contact planned to cause bodily harm, feelings of intimidation, other physical suffering or injury • Sexual abuse is the forcing of undesired sexual behaviour by one person upon another • Emotional/psychological abuse may involve threats or actions to cause mental or physical harm; humiliation; voilation • Financial abuse is the illegal or unauthorised use of a person’s money, property, pension book or other valuables. • Institutional abuse involves failure of an organisation to provide appropriate and professional individual services to vulnerable people. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour that amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, stereotyping and rigid systems. • Self neglect is a behavioural condition in which an individual neglects to attend to their basic needs, such as personal hygiene, feeding, clothing, or medical conditions they might have. • Neglect by others is a passive form of abuse in which the wrongdoer is responsible to provide care, for someone, who is unable to care for oneself, but fails to provide adequate care to meet their needs. Neglect may include failing to provide sufficient supervision, nourishment, medical care or other needs. 1.2 Identify the signs and/or symptoms associated with each type of abuse Signs that physical abuse is taking place include ⦁ injuries that are consistent with physical abuse ⦁ injuries that are the shape of objects ⦁ presence of several injuries of a variety of ages ⦁ injuries that have not received medical attention ⦁ a person being taken to many different places to receive medical attention ⦁ pressure sores and skin infections ⦁ dehydration or unexplained weight changes ⦁ medication being "lost" Signs that sexual
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