Protecting adults at risk in London: Good practice resource
Situations and responses: Situation 8
An adult at risk abuses another adult at risk who uses the same service.
- Take any emergency action.
- Assess the capacity of both people, and apply the principles of the Mental Capacity Act accordingly.
- Protect the abused adult at risk, and establish whether there are urgent support needs for the alleged abuser.
- Designate staff to attend to the care needs of the adult who is alleged to have caused harm.
- Make a referral to the local authority contact point.
- Report the incident to the police: an investigation will be carried out if a crime has been or may have been committed, and it is the capacitated wish of the abused person, or in their best interests if they lack the capacity to make the decision.
- An appropriate adult – arranged by the police – is appointed if the adult at risk who has caused harm is to be interviewed by them.
- Carry out risk assessments with both adults at risk.
- Review the care plan of the adult who is alleged to have caused harm and the adult who has been harmed.
- Notify the regulator if this is a regulated setting.
- Record it as a serious incident if it has occurred in a health setting.