HOW DO I REPORT ABUSE? WHO DO I CONTACT?
If you are worried that you or someone you know is being abused or is at risk of harm, tell someone.
If the abuse is putting your own or someone's immediate safety at risk, please call 999 straight away.
For all other concerns that someone you know is being abused or may be at risk of harm, please know that you can talk to one of our GPs in complete confidence. Do not be afraid to contact us.
Sometimes people don't report abuse in case they are wrong about their suspicions or because they don't want to get someone into trouble.
Sometimes people are ashamed or afraid of what might happen if they tell, or they are worried they wont be believed.
Sometimes people are worried they would not have any choice or control over how they are protected or that they might be separated from their home or family in order to stay safe.
Sometimes people prefer to ignore the problem in the hope it will go away.
Safeguarding adults is everybody's business.
If you do not let someone know that you suspect someone is being abused, it might not get reported at all and the suffering could continue.
Remember: doing nothing is not an option.
What will happen if I report abuse?
We take all reports of suspected abuse seriously and look to address them appropriately.
If you report abuse you will be asked to give details about the situation and we will listen to your concerns.
If the adult is at risk of immediate or serious harm, action will be taken straight away to make sure they are safe.
Organisations will work together to stop the abuse, in other cases, the action taken will depend on the wishes of the victim and the seriousness of the situation.
The first thing that will happen is that trained staff will contact the person being abused.
We will work with them to carefully and sensitively find out what they would like to happen, to understand the different risks they are facing and to agree how to resolve the situation.
The adult will be fully involved in the process wherever possible and we will aim to help them achieve the results they want wherever we can.
Information and advice will be made available so that the adult can choose what action is taken and what help they want to have.
If the adult would have substantial difficulty in being involved in the
safeguarding process, an appropriate person can represent them (e.g. a friend or family member) or we can
arrange for an independent advocate to support them and ensure their wishes and views are taken into account.
If the adult does not have the capacity to make an informed choice about how to stay safe they will be carefully supported and protected in their best interests.
Where the abuse is thought to be a crime, the police may take legal action against the abuser.
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