Social Care TV: Safeguarding adults: a community case study
Key messages for practice
- Older and disabled people living in the community are often targeted and can be vulnerable to exploitation.
- Community workers need to share information to protect people from abuse.
- It does not always take a lot of resources to keep people safe.
- It is important to help people form positive relationships so that they do not place so much value on people who are exploiting them.
What is the video about?
John is a 50 year-old man with Asperger's syndrome. He was being exploited by a group of young girls in the community. John has the capacity to make decisions for himself and clearly felt he was getting something from his relationship with one of the girls. He was also giving her money on a regular basis.
People who knew John were concerned for him. With support from his mother, his employer, his social worker and the police he was able to stop giving money to the girl. The girl was warned off by the police, but John really misses his relationship with her.
Who will find this useful?
Social workers; community workers; community police; and housing officers.