Abuse

She hit me everywhere on my body, all because I'm disabled, she blames me for my disability

This section does not attempt to cover the subjects of abuse, neglect and harm against people who may not be able to protect themselves. These issues  are complex and wide-reaching and cannot be covered within the remit of this resource. The information below outlines immediate action that should be taken if abuse, neglect or harm is suspected and directs you to suitable further resources.

Further information on abuse

No secrets is the current Department of Health guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect ‘vulnerable’ adults from abuse.

Link: No secrets

A consultation and review of No Secrets took place in 2008/9; the relevant documents are available on the Department of Health website.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVG) and the Protection of Freedoms Bill - The SVG Act was passed to help avoid harm, or risk of harm, by preventing people who are deemed unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults from gaining access to them through their work. The Independent Safeguarding Authority was established as a result of this Act. On 1 December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The Protection of Freedoms Bill (chapter 1 of Part 5) amends the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, retaining the national barring function whilst abolishing registration and monitoring requirements. For further information see the Protection of Freedoms Bill Home Office Fact Sheet.  

Outcome 7 of the Care Quality Commission Essential Standards of Quality and Safety covers Safeguarding people who use services from abuse.

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) run a helpline which provides confidential support and advice for older people who have been abused or people who know an older person who may be suffering abuse. Available weekdays 9am - 5pm on freephone 0808 808 8141.

Voice UK is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people who have experienced crime or abuse. They also support their families, carers and professional workers. Voice runs a helpline 0808 802 8686.

For information on the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards see SCIE’s MCA resource.