Safeguarding Adults from Abuse
Carers MK is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of carers and the people they care for.
Carers look after friends and family who are disabled, frail, or ill and who may be vulnerable to abuse or neglect in their home or whilst in a care setting, such as a residential care home, day centre etc. Carers MK also recognises that carers themselves may be vulnerable to abuse from the person they care for. It is Carers MK’s duty to report serious abuse to the appropriate authorities and to support carers who may be suffering from abuse themselves.
There are five types of abuse:
1. Physical – being hit or injured on purpose
2. Financial – the theft or misuse of money, property or personal possessions
3. Sexual – involvement in a sexual activity which is unwanted or not understood
4. Neglect – not providing food, clothing, attention or care
5. Emotional – the use of threats, fears or bribes which case distress.
People most at risk are those:
· who are dependent on others
· with mental health problems
· with learning, sensory or physical disabilities
· who are socially isolated
· with dementia.
Abuse may be a single act or repeated acts. It can be deliberate but is often the result of ignorance or negligence. Sometimes it involves getting people to agree to things when they do not understand.
For further information contact Carers MK on 01908 231703.
If you have a concern about an adult at risk of abuse and they are in immediate danger you should contact the relevant emergency services by ringing 999. If the adult you are concerned about is not in immediate danger you should report your concern to Milton Keynes Council Adult Social Care by completing a Safeguarding Alert.
For further information about Safeguarding contact:
Milton Keynes Council Adult Social Care Services:
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:15pm
In an emergency, out of these hours