There are many different forms of abuse and they all result in behaviour towards a person that deliberately or intentionally cause harm. It is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights and in the worst cases can result in death.
The roles and responsibilities of carers vary as much as the people they support. The duties of a carer can include:
This is a small sample of the extensive list of tasks that carers may undertake.
If you are not in a paid caring role and you are taking on some of these roles and responsibilities you can get support to help you do this. As with all caring roles whether paid or unpaid being aware of safeguarding is paramount in order to support adults at risk of harm.
Please see below for some of the support for carers and cared for.
The safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:
is 18 and over
has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
is experiencing, or at risk of harm of, abuse or neglect and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of harm of, or experience of abuse or neglect.
This may be a person who:
Whilst neither the Care Act of 2014 nor its statutory guidance specifically defines abuse, it does state that professionals should not limit their view of what constitutes abuse or neglect as it can take many forms and the circumstances of the individual case should always be considered.
The Care Act statutory guidance goes on to provide a detailed definition of each of the ten types of abuse which is listed below. Further to this, the guidance highlights that incidents of abuse may be one-off or multiple, and affect one person or more. Therefore professionals should look beyond single incidents or individuals to identify patterns of harm.
Abuse can occur anywhere and is not confined to any one setting. Just because there are no records of abuse having occurred does not mean it has not happened or is happening now.
It is important to remain alert for the signs at all times, for example abuse can occur in:
'We Care' is a newsletter for carers to express their views and we welcome your contributions.
Please send contributions to East Riding Carers Support Service, 18 Wednesday Market, Beverley, HU17 0DJ.
FREEPHONE: 0800 917 6844 or (01482) 396500
Please see information about a new group being created in the East Riding. Find out more about having your voice heard by becoming part of a self-advocacy group in East Riding. Please see the flyers attached which have details of who to contact and some questions on how you think we can create a more autism friendly East Riding.