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What is Abuse, Neglect and Self Neglect

Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from any form of abuse and neglect. 

Abuse and/or neglect are a violation of a person’s basic human rights and are unacceptable in any form and in any situation.

Types of abuse

The Care and Support statutory guidance identifies ten different types of abuse, but also emphasises that organisations should not limit their view of what constitutes abuse or neglect.  The specific circumstances of an individual case should always be considered in the context of the individual.

Click on each of the below bullet points, who are all directing to the website of the ‘Social Care Institute for Excellence’ (SCIE), to find out further examples of abuse in each of the ten categories:

Who can abuse and neglect adults?

Anyone can perpetrate abuse or neglect, including, but not limited to:

  • Spouses/Partners
  • Family or wider family members
  • Neighbours
  • Friends
  • Acquaintances
  • Local residents
  • People who deliberately exploit adults they perceive as vulnerable to abuse
  • Paid staff or professionals and volunteers
  • Strangers

Where can abuse happen?

  • anywhere
  • a persons home
  • a care home
  • a hospital
  • a public place