Adult Safeguarding Categories of Abuse and Neglect

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Including hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication or procedures, restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.

Including rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.

Including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or supportive networks.

Any incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse including so-called honour based violence and forced marriage.

Including theft, fraud, exploitation, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property , inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

Slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Perpetrators use whatever means they have to force, coerce and deceive people in to a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

Including ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.

This covers a wide range of behaviour including neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding.  It should be noted that self-neglect does not always require a safeguarding enquiry and a case by case approach may involve a variety of approaches.

Including discrimination on grounds of race, gender and gender identity , disability, sexual orientation, religion, and other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment 

Including neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting like a hospital or care home, for example. This may range from isolated incidents to continuing ill-treatment.

Abuse or neglect may be deliberate, or the result of negligence or ignorance. Unintentional abuse or neglect arises, for example, because pressures have built up and/or because of difficult or challenging behaviour which is not being properly addressed.