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Abuse or neglect of an adult can take many different forms. It may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological or discriminatory. It can involve neglect or self-neglect. It also includes domestic violence and modern slavery.
Abuse or neglect can take place at home, in a care home, in a hospital, in a day centre, at work, school or college or outside in the community. The harm may be caused by a partner, carer, relative, friend, care worker, stranger or someone else with care and support needs and it may be deliberate or unintentional. Whatever the circumstances, it is important that you report your concerns.
Adults who have care and support needs because of their age, physical disability, learning disability, mental health problems or an illness may be at particular risk of abuse or neglect. Other adults who may be at risk include unpaid carers, people who are homeless and people who have drug or alcohol problems.
Abuse because of race, sexuality, gender identity, religion or disability is a form of Hate Crime. For more information about how to report Hate Crime, go to the Sussex Police report hate crimes page or West Sussex County Council’s report hate crimes page.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse or you suspect that someone you know may be being abused, you can find helpful information and contacts in the Domestic abuse section of the West Sussex County Council website.
If you report a concern about possible abuse or neglect to West Sussex County Council, social care staff will:
This is known as a ‘safeguarding enquiry’.
If you have any feedback regarding your experience of reporting abuse or neglect or of being involved in a safeguarding enquiry, West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board would love to hear from you. Please email your comments to Safeguardingadultsboard@westsussex.gov.uk.
West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) is a multi-agency partnership set up to prevent abuse and neglect of adults in West Sussex. It is made up of different organisations involved in protecting adults, including West Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, the NHS and Healthwatch West Sussex.
For more information visit the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board website
Is made up of different organisations involved in protecting adults, including West Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, the NHS and Healthwatch West Sussex.Westsussexsab.org.uk
The Policy sets out the approach taken to adult safeguarding across Sussex. The Procedures explain how agencies and individuals should work together to put the Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy into practice.Sussexsafeguardingadults. procedures.org.uk