Safeguarding Essay

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• Physical abuse is defined as '' the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment ''. Physical abuse includes striking, hitting, beating, pushing, shaking, kicking, pinching, and burning. Less obvious ways of physical abuse include inappropriate use of drugs including overdosing and under dosing clients, physical restraints and force-feeding. • Sexual abuse is defined as any sort of non-consensual sexual contact from rape to a kiss. Sexual abuse isn't always physical, it can also include derogatory name calling of a sexual nature. • Emotional/psychological abuse comes under three different categories a) verbal aggression which is purposely saying something that upsets or annoys someone else. b) dominant behaviours which includes preventing someone to have contact with their family, dictating what the person has to wear, eat or do that day and c) jealous behaviours, being jealous of the clients personal belongings and accusing them of having some sordid past in order to have such extravagant possessions. Emotional/physical abuse may result in psychological trauma which includes anxiety, chronic depression or post traumatic stress disorder. Such abuse is often associated with situations of power imbalance which is why, unfortunately, emotional/psychological abuse is apparent in care settings. • Financial abuse is a form of mistreatment in which an abuser forcibly controls a victim's finances. Financial abuse includes any act of theft of money or property or the use of money or property without the person's consent or without the appropriate legal authority. And also the misuse of money intended for or belonging to, a person by someone who has been trusted to handle their finances, or who has gained control of their finances by default. • Institutional abuse is abuse that takes place in care settings which includes

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