H&Sc Unit 11

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P2- What would be the indicators that she is being abused. A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 or over, "who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation." Section 2 ‘No Secrets’, Department of Health and the Home Office (2000) Alison is experiencing emotional/psychological abuse, this involves using both words and actions with the intentions as leaving a person feeling intimidated or inadequate. This may be by threatening a person with punishment. Indicators that Alison is being abused may be anxiety and reluctance to do certain things, sleeplessness, withdrawal from activities once participated in, anger, fears and phobias, distress or tearfulness, comforting behaviours e.g. rocking, low self-esteem, weight loss/gain, anti-social or destructive behaviour or a sudden change in her behaviour. An example of her being psychologically abused was her lack of social life. Maclean et al (2007) The Abuse of Vulnerable Adults, What Care Workers Need To Know. Kirwin Maclean Associates. 19-20 Alison is also suffering from physical abuse, this is abuse that causes intended physical harm to another person. Examples may include kicking, pushing, punching, scalding, burning or biting. Factors that may show signs that she’s being physically abused are; injuries that have no or little explanation or the explanations don’t seem true or explanations that change overtime, repeated injuries e.g. cigarette burns, bite marks or bruising (this may be in the shape of an object), clothing used to cover injuries, anxiety, agitation or a reaction to a certain individual or group of people e.g. males. The signs that Alison was being abused are the fact she was bruised
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