Safeguarding adults from abuse

What is adult abuse and safeguarding?

With no standard legal definition of abuse available, we define it as a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to a vulnerable person.

Abuse can take many forms and can be perpetrated anywhere by anyone. It can be accidental, as the result of lack of knowledge or understanding, or done with intent to harm. Whatever the circumstances or reason, it is against the law.

The term safeguarding means a range of activities aimed at upholding every individual’s fundamental right to be safe from such harm.

Our commitment

Saint Michael’s believes a person has the right to live a life free from abuse and to be treated with dignity and respect.

We recognise that safeguarding vulnerable adults is everybody’s business and our staff have a responsibility to alert our safeguarding team to any concerns about abuse or suspected abuse.

All disclosures will be recorded and discussed immediately by our safeguarding team. We will listen carefully, support you and take any information you give us seriously, working with you to stop the abuse and protect you from further harm.

Our factsheet aims to raise your awareness and understanding of abuse and provide a tool to protect people from abuse. You can download this here.

Our guide tells you:

  • what we mean by abuse and safeguarding
  • the different types of abuse and signs to look out for
  • who might abuse a person
  • where abuse might occur
  • how to get help and support to stop abuse or suspected abuse
  • what we will do if someone discloses or reports abuse to a member of the Saint Michael’s team or we suspect or witness abuse
  • what someone can do to help protect themselves from abuse
Website created by Extreme Creations