Who is this guidance for?
This is a public information leaflet to:
help you recognise signs of possible abuse of vulnerable
make you aware of what you can do and who you can
contact if you think someone is being or has been abused.
Who is a vulnerable adult?
A vulnerable adult is anyone aged 18 or over who cannot take
care of themselves. Vulnerable adults may not be able to protect
themselves against significant harm or unfair treatment. This
may be because they have a mental health problem, a disability,
visual or hearing problems, are old and frail, or are ill.
Because of this, these adults may receive a care service in their
own home or in the community. They may live in a residential
care home, nursing home or a similar setting.
Why do we need to protect vulnerable adults?
Vulnerable adults have the right to have their civil and human
rights upheld and to live a life free from abuse. Everyone should
treat vulnerable people with respect and dignity. They should be
able to choose how to live their lives independently, and receive
support in doing this.
Vulnerable adults should get the opportunity to take part in their
local community as active citizens. They should also be able to
fulfil their personal hopes and ambitions and do as well as they
can in all aspects of their daily lives. This includes being able to
get support services and someone to speak for them, and having
their voice heard in decisions that affect their lives.
Vulnerable adults that are victims of abuse need to be confident
the law will protect them. They also need to know that they will
have their civil and human rights upheld during any investigation
that takes place.
What is Adult Abuse?
Abuse is a violation of a person’s human and civil rights by any
other person. Abuse can take many forms.
What forms does abuse take?
• hitting • slapping • pushing • kicking • burning
• giving a person medicine that may harm them • restraining
• disciplining a perso