Abuse exists in many different forms, such as financial abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. These types of abuse can happen to anyone, however those at greater risk include those whose care and support needs affect their ability to protect themselves, such as the elderly, people living with learning disabilities, mental ill-health or severe illness.
This year’s Stop Adult Abuse Week (Monday 10 – Friday 14 June) aims to increase knowledge of ‘mental capacity’. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 aims to protect people who lack the capacity to make certain decisions, and maximise their ability to make choices about their own lives. The act supports professionals to ensure that people’s right to make decisions about their own care is respected as far as possible, and (if they do lack capacity to make decisions themselves) that any action taken is in their best interests.
A conference has been arranged in Bristol for those working in the field with ‘mental capacity’ as the theme and there is lots of information on the North Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board website including how professionals make the process of safeguarding more personal.
If you’re concerned about someone you know in North Somerset being abused or neglected call Care Connect on 01275 888 801, email email@example.com, or if the danger is immediate call 999.
Join in the conversation on Twitter by using #stopadultabuseweek.
The week is a joint initiative between the safeguarding adults boards in Bath and North East Somerset; Bristol; North Somerset; Somerset; and South Gloucestershire.