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Protection of Vulnerable Adults

Protection of Vulnerable Adults

All adults have the right to live a life free from abuse and exploitation.

The New Carnival Company is aware that as well as working with children, we also work with Vulnerable Adults on a regular basis. Many of the procedures in the Child Protection document also apply to Vulnerable Adults, but this appendix gives some additional information and guidelines.

Who is a Vulnerable Adult?

Any person aged 18 or over who is or may be in need of a community care service by reason of mental, physical or learning disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or serious exploitation. Those who are physically, mentally or emotionally dependent upon others are the most vulnerable.

What is Abuse?

It is the abuse of an individual’s civil and human rights by others who have influence over them. Such violation may be intentional or unintentional and may be a single or repeated act(s) over a period of time. Forms of abuse include:

Physical abuse: hitting, pushing, shaking or withholding care or medication.

Sexual abuse: any sexual act carried out to which the vulnerable adult did not or could not consent and / or was pressured in to consenting to.

Emotional abuse: verbal threats, offensive or belittling remarks or other behaviour that causes distress or concern to another person.

Financial or Material Abuse: another person uses the resources of the vulnerable person for their own advantage. This can range from not getting change from their shopping to property transfer.

Neglect: failure to meet someone’s care needs, either deliberate or unintentionally. This results in risk to the well-being of the vulnerable person.

Discriminatory abuse: based on race or sexuality or a person’s disability, and other forms of harassment or slurs.

Institutional abuse: by an organisation imposing rigid and insensitive routines, unskilled, intrusive or invasive interventions; or an environment allowing inadequate privacy or physical comfort.

Who Might be Causing the Abuse?

The abuser is usually known to the vulnerable person and may well be:

  • A family member
  • A friend or neighbour
  • A paid or volunteer care worker
  • A health, social work or other professional
  • Another resident or service user
  • Someone who deliberately exploits vulnerable people

Abuse can happen in any setting.

What to do with Your Concerns?

For issues/queries regarding safeguarding vulnerable adults contact the Adult Services First Response Team based in Sandown on: 01983 814980 Outside office hours contact the Emergency Duty Service on 01983 821105

The New Carnival Company: Vulnerable Adults 05/09/2016 Version 3 Review date September 2017 and annually thereafter

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