Types And Indicators Of Abuse

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This assignment is being produced to highlight the forms of abuse that may be experienced by vulnerable adults and the indicators of the abuse. It needs to be able to provide people with knowledge and understanding to show awareness within the health and social care sector. ‘A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 years or over, who is, or may be, unable to take care of themselves or are unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation. This may be because they have a mental health problem, a disability, visual or hearing problems, are old and frail or have some form of illness (indirect 2014).’ Vulnerable Adults are more susceptible to abuse because of many different factors, they could be easily mislead, they may…show more content…
Indicators of Emotional/psychological abuse- If a person is being emotionally abused you expect to see changes in their behaviour, they may start becoming fearful of certain people, for example if the abuser was a partner and that partner went along to a social workers appointment with them they might sit and let their partner answer all the questions about how they are and put up barriers when asked direct questions because they are frightened of what the partner may do. They might start to have low self-esteem, this could be because their abuser is always shouting and swearing at them and could be telling them that they are worthless and they’ve heard it so many times they could be starting to believe it. Neglect or acts of omission- ‘Failure to provide access to services to meet a person’s health, social care or educational needs or withholding the necessities of life such as medication, food and heating (Wiltshire 2014).’ A carer can neglect or create an act of omission if they withdraw or do not give the help that a vulnerable adult needs, by not giving the care a vulnerable adult needs they will be causing the patient to suffer. If the neglect ‘results in the impairment of, or an avoidable deterioration in physical or mental health, or the impairment of
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