If you think someone is in immediate danger, call emergency services on 999
To report a non-emergency concern where you suspect an adult is being physically or emotionally abused or neglected? Report your concerns to the B&NES Virgin Care Adult Safeguarding team on 0300 247 0201
There are many different types of abuse and it can take place anywhere at any time. People can be at risk of harm or abuse if they need care and support. This includes people with a physical disability or illness, people who are elderly or frail or have sensory loss, or people living with dementia, a learning disability or a mental health need.
Abuse can be deliberate, or it can be the result of ignorance, or lack of training, knowledge or understanding. Sometimes if a person is being abused in one way they are also being abused in other ways.
Abuse may be physical, sexual or emotional. It could also be financial – you may know someone who is being put under pressure to change their will or to give money or property away. If someone is being discriminated against because of their race, sexuality or disability – that is also a form of abuse.
If someone is experiencing disrespect or ill treatment in an institution like a care home, nursing home, sheltered housing, acute hospital or in-patient setting, we call it ‘organisational abuse.’
You may know someone who is being neglected. Perhaps their medical or physical needs are being ignored. Or someone you know may be neglecting themselves.
If you are a professional or practitioner working with adults, or you want to know more about our policies, Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB), leaflets, posters and more please visit our safeguarding page for professionals and practitioners.