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Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children

Safeguarding means looking out for and trying to protect others in our community who are vulnerable, or may be at risk of harm. If you think that someone is at risk, you must raise an alarm. Everyone can make a difference.

Abuse can be:

  • Physical - being slapped, pushed or punched
  • Sexual - being touched inappropriately or forced to have sex
  • Emotional - being constantly shouted at, humiliated or threatened with harm
  • Financial - having money and valuables taken without permission, being prevented from accessing own money or being pressured to give or leave money or things in a will
  • Neglect - a carer stops giving the help a person need sto stay warm, get washed and dressed, eat properly and take medicine
  • Discrimination - being treated badly because of age, disability, race or religion
  • Self-neglect - an adult who lacks mental capacity and doesn't look after themselves, their home or health

Abuse can happen anywhere

  • at home or at work
  • in a care home, day centre, hospital
  • in any public place

Anyone can be an abuser

  • a partner, relative, carer
  • neighbours and friends
  • staff

Report Abuse - make it stop

Adult abuse and neglect

If you are being abused, or are concerned about a vulnerable adult:

  • Safeguarding Adults - 0118 937 3747

Child Protection

If you sre concerned about a child or young person:

Domestic Abuse

If you are experiencing domestic abuse:

  • BWA Helpline - 0118 950 4003

In an emergency

If someone is in danger:

  • Police 999

Looking after someone can be stressful and lonely and may push you to your limits. If you are worried you might harm the person you care for please call the Adults Safeguarding Team or MASH on the numbers above.

West Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board

The Board brings together key agencies (like social care, health, police, probation, fire and rescue, drug and alcohol teams) to protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect and keep them safe.

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