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1 Protection of individuals from possible harm and abuse What is abuse? What is abuse? How does one define abuse? How does one define abuse? Who is the abused? Who is the abused? Who is the abuser? Who is the abuser?

2 Definition of Abuse “Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human rights by any other person or persons” Who 1998 Woman Cries © Getty Images

3 What is abuse? Have a look at the following scenarios and decide what qualifies as abuse. Type/write yes or no under each scenario and note your reason for your decision. Click here for the activity Click here for the activity

4 Who are the abused? Adult Adult Fit and Healthy Fit and Healthy Elderly Elderly Frail Frail Follow this link for more information Follow this link for more information

5 Who are the abused? Child Child Seeking a Home © Getty Images Follow this link for useful information Follow this link for useful information

6 Who are the abused? Perhaps someone in this room Perhaps someone in this room

7 Who may be the abuser? Family member Family member Carer (formal /informal) Carer (formal /informal) Neighbour Neighbour Employer Employer Work colleague Work colleague

8 Patterns of Abuse Emotional Emotional Physical Physical Sexual Sexual Discriminatory abuse Discriminatory abuse

9 Signs of Potential Abuse Unusual or suspicious injuries Unusual or suspicious injuries Unusual or unexplained behaviour Unusual or unexplained behaviour An allegation of abuse An allegation of abuse Demonstration of fear in certain surroundings or around particular people Demonstration of fear in certain surroundings or around particular people

10 Protecting Vulnerable Adults Who is a vulnerable adult? Who is a vulnerable adult? The broad definition is a person. The broad definition is a person. A Sad Clown ©Getty Images

11 Most adults and older people with physical or mental disabilities or other special needs manage their lives comfortably and securely, either independently or with assistance from caring relatives, friends, neighbours, professionals or volunteers. However, for a small number, dependence on someone may produce conflict, exploitation and abuse. Protecting Vulnerable Adults

12 Safeguarding Adults Empowering the individual Empowering the individual Empowering the carer Empowering the carer Knowledge of individual rights Knowledge of individual rights Access to a responsive complaints and advocacy service Access to a responsive complaints and advocacy service

13 Protection of the individual from possible harm and abuse Useful links for further research


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