Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Essay

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Safeguarding Vulnerable People The Information Booklet All adults have the right to be safe from harm and live a life free of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Safeguarding Vulnerable People Who is a vulnerable adult? • Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding vulnerable adults and their families from abuse. • Regrettably, every day, vulnerable people in Essex and across the UK suffer abuse of some kind. • When abuse is reported, Essex County Council and its partner agencies for example, Essex Police, NHS and the voluntary services will take joint action to ensure vulnerable people are safeguarded from further abuse, and their risks are managed appropriately. A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 or over who: This booklet will cover: • What makes a person vulnerable • What is meant by abuse • Who abuses people, and where it takes place • What you can do if you are worried that somebody is being abused • The steps you can take to protect yourself from harm • What happens when we are informed that someone has been abused. 1. is or maybe in need of a community care service by reason of mental, physical or learning disability, age or illness. And who 2. is, or maybe, unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or serious exploitation. They may include: • People with a mental health problem or mental illness ( including dementia ) • People with a physical disability • People with a sensory impairment • People with a learning disability • People who are frail and/or experiencing a temporary illness What is abuse? Abuse can be: • Any act or neglect that harms another person • Something that occurs just once or something repeated many times • Done intentionally to cause harm, or done accidentally through a lack of understanding • A

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