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What is Safeguarding podcast transcript

This is a short podcast on behalf of the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board. Today, I will be giving you an introduction in to safeguarding, the categories of abuse and how you can referrer any safeguarding concerns you may have.

Within West Sussex we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our most vulnerable adults, these are people who are over the age of 18, and who have care and support needs. A person with care and support needs may require help various tasks such as washing and dressing, eating, and drinking or going out in the community.

There may be occasions when vulnerable adults need to be safeguarded. This term is used to explain measures to support adults to protect themselves from abuse and neglect and promote their health, safety, and well-being.

There are ten different categories of abuse that adults may experience.

Within West Sussex the most reported category of abuse is neglect and or act of omission. This could involve ignoring a person’s needs, or not providing the person with essential things to meet their needs, such as medication, food, water, shelter, and warmth. Sometimes this could be a deliberate act but also because of not understanding someone’s needs.

Other categories of abuse include:

Physical abuse; this is causing physical harm, for example by hitting, pushing, kicking, using medication incorrectly, or restraining someone inappropriately.

Financial abuse; this includes misusing or stealing an individual’s money or belongings, fraud, or pressuring a person into making decisions about their financial affairs, such as wills and property.

Psychological abuse; such as being controlled by intimidation, shouted at, ridiculed, or bullied, threatened, or humiliated.

Sexual abuse; this includes rape, indecent exposure, inappropriate looking or touching, or sexual activity where the other person is in a position of power or authority.

Self-neglect; this is when an adult is unable, or unwilling, to care for their own essential needs, such as not cleaning their home, hoarding or not looking after their own personal care needs.

Organisational abuse; which is neglect or providing inadequate care in a setting such as a hospital or care home, or in an adults’ own home where they have care provided to them.

Domestic abuse; this is any form of abuse by someone who is a family member or is, or has been, in a close relationship with the adult being abused. This may be a one-off incident or a pattern of incidents, it includes threats, violence or controlling behaviour. It also includes being forced to marry, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation.

Discriminatory abuse; this is harassment, ill-treatment, threats or insults because of a person’s race, age, culture, gender, gender identity, religion, sexuality, physical or learning disability, or mental-health needs.

And, modern Slavery; this means an adult being forced to work for little or no pay, being held against their will, tortured, abused, or treated badly by others. 

Further details on these categories of abuse can be found on the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board Website.

If you are concerned that an adult with care and support needs may be experiencing abuse or neglect and they are unable to protect themselves, it is important that these concerns are reported to us.

If you have access to the internet the best way is to report this to us using the online safeguarding form via www.westsussex.gov.uk if you need to talk with someone you can call 01243 642121, however, if you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call 999.

You should ask the person if they agree to the concern being reported unless this increases the risk to them or you. We ask that you do this in order to capture the voice of the adult, also known as making safeguarding personal. We have further details about making safeguarding personal in our making safeguarding personal learning briefing and accompanying podcast.

Also, on our website we have information for professionals, links to all safeguarding policy and procedures and safeguarding leaflets and posters.

Last updated: 15 March 2022