Guidance when you suspect someone is being harmed or abused?
If a person does not tell you but you suspect that they are being abused, you can contact social services or the police.
You may want to talk to the person before you contact social services or the police. If you do this, bring the subject up sensitively by letting the person know that you are concerned about them and want to support them.
Listen to them without being impatient or critical of them or their actions. Letting them talk and share their concerns is very important as it helps them to break the silence and know that they are not on their own.
Getting involved does not mean that you have to solve the situation. It can be very difficult supporting someone who is being abused as they may not make the decisions that you think they should. It is important that they make the decisions, not you or anyone else, unless the person does not have the mental capacity to do so, in which case you must act in their best interests. Your support will be important to them as they may have very little confidence and poor self esteem as a result of the abuse.
Do not put yourself at risk. Always contact the police if you are concerned for the person’s immediate safety or social services if they are not in immediate danger but you are concerned about them.
- Your Circle Link:
- What should I do if someone is being harmed or abused?
- Related Services:
- Information Sheet - Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
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