Welcome to the North East Safeguarding Adults Network

Which adults are at risk of abuse?

Adult abuse can happen to anyone who is aged 18 or over. However adults may be at ‘greater risk’ of abuse and neglect, less able to protect themselves and ask for help:

  • If they have a physical, mental, sensory, learning or cognitive illness or disability
  • Linked to above; if they need assistance with everyday tasks
  • If they rely on others for some kind of social care or health support
  • If they are in receipt of care
  • If they are informal carers, family and friends who provide care on an unpaid basis

This list is not exhaustive.

What is abuse?

Abuse may take the form of a single or series of acts, large or small, whose impact ‘adversely affects’ the individual. An adult may experience several types of abuse at the same time and there is often a lot of overlap between them, but it is also important that people should not restrict their view of what abuse and neglect can actually mean (taking advantage of someone is a common theme). We are committed to making information more accessible for people with a hearing impairment and those who use British Sign Language (BSL). A BSL Film has been produced to explain safeguarding adults.

Who are the perpetrators of abuse?

Anyone can be an abuser, examples include:

  • Family members/relatives (including partners)
  • Friends or neighbours
  • Other service users (including in care homes, hospitals etc)
  • Professionals (including paid carers)
  • Strangers
  • Unpaid carers, volunteers.

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