ABUSE & NEGLECT

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PHYSICAL ABUSE- PHYSICAL ABUSE CAN VARY FROM BEING PUSHED AROUND, BRUISED OR BEATEN AND IN SOME CASES CAN BE QUITE SEVERE AND CAN PERMANENTLY AFFECT SOMEONE’S WELLBEING. WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IF YOU THINK SOMEONE MAY BE BEING PHYSICALLY ABUSED; CHILDREN MAY ACT OUT, DISPLAY AGGRESSIVE OR DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOUR, THEY MAY NOT WELCOME PHYSICAL ACTS SUCH AS A PAT ON THE BACK OR MAY FLINCH WHEN AN ARM IS RAISED. SEXUAL ABUSE- SEXUAL ABUSE IS WHEN A SEXUAL ACT OR ASSAULT HAS HAPPENED TO SOMEONE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT OR HAS BEEN PRESSURED OR FORCED INTO GIVING THEIR CONSENT. SOME SIGNS TO WATCH FOR; TIMIDNESS, AWKWARD BODY MOVEMENTS, INCONTINENCE. EMOTIONAL/PSYCOLOGICAL ABUSE- EMOTIONAL ABUSE IS WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN VERBALLY ABUSED…show more content…
Some people who experience harm or abuse from others may be unable to protect themselves as their situation makes them vulnerable. If a person cannot protect themselves they will have to rely on others to alert services that can provide help and support on their behalf. CORRECT ACTIONS TO TAKE IF YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD BY SOMEONE THAT THEY ARE BEING ABUSED: Every staff member has a professional and moral duty to report any witnessed or suspected abuse to their line manager. This information should be referred to Social Services and every reported case must be assessed as a matter of urgency to determine an appropriate course of action. This assessment will take place, either during telephoned consultations with other professionals or during a formal planning meeting. HOW TO ENSURE THAT EVIDENCE OF ABUSE IS KEPT SAFE: Make a written record of messages (e.g. answer-phone) to ensure they are not lost. Include the date and time and sign them Ensure written records (notes, letters, bank statements, medication records etc.) are kept in a safe place Don’t tidy up, wash clothes, bedding or other items. Do not try to clear or tidy anything up Try not to touch anything unless you have to for the immediate wellbeing of the victim – if you have to try to make a record of what you have done If any sexual offence is suspected try to discourage the

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