Today we are exploring in more detail types of abuse that someone can be subjected to. There are many types of abuse, some are more obvious than others when they occur and some are more well known.
Typically, the first things that come to mind are physical or sexual abuse or neglect, but vulnerable groups are at high risk of a wide range of types of abuse, including:
- Self Neglect
- Modern slavery
- Domestic abuse
- Discriminatory abuse
- Organisational abuse
- Financial or Material abuse
- Emotional or Psychological abuse
- Cyber bullying
- Forced marriage
- Mate crime
No one type of abuse is worse than another and all concerns should be taken seriously. Even if we only suspect abuse, we need to report this swiftly to allow the correct people to investigate and take actions it abuse has taken place.
Poor practice leads to abuse
People who require support may not be aware that they have been a victim of abuse. They may be accepting that certain scenarios are “okay”, for example:
- Staff missing or losing their medication
- Staff shouting at each other or them
- People they live with being aggressive
We all have a duty to help people understand when and how they may be being abused. We all have a duty to raise concerns about poor practice as well as abuse.
At MacIntyre we take every opportunity to inform staff how to report their safeguarding concerns internally. We also want all staff to know that their concerns can be reported externally especially if they feel their concerns are not being taken seriously enough. Available options are:
- call Protect for advice 020 3117 2520
- Speak to your Local Authority
- Report to CQC/CIW
- Talk to the Police