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How to report abuse

This article shares information about abuse, what it is, and how you can report it if you are concerned.

Who is at risk?
An adult at risk is someone who is aged 18 years or more who:
• has needs for care and support
• is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect, and
• as a result of those needs, is unable to protect themselves against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it

What is abuse?
Abuse can be:
• something that happens once
• something that happens repeatedly
• a deliberate act
• something that was unintentional, perhaps due to a lack of understanding
• a crime

Abuse can happen anywhere, at any time and be caused by anyone.
It might be:
• a partner or relative
• a friend or neighbour
• a paid or volunteer carer
• other service users
• someone in a position of trust a stranger
What you can do
No one should have to live with abuse. By reporting abuse, you can help bring it to an end. We all have a responsibility to safeguard others from abuse or neglect.

Doing nothing is not an option.

What happens after abuse is reported?
When you report abuse, people will:
• listen to you
• take your concerns seriously
• respond sensitively
• make enquiries about the concerns
• consider the wishes of the adult at risk
• talk to the police if it is a criminal matter
• support the adult at risk to achieve the changes they want, wherever possible
• develop a plan with the adult at risk to keep them safe in the future
• consider if anyone else is at risk.

To report a safeguarding concern or seek advice:
Call Adult Social Care on: 020 7926 5555
Out of hours call: 020 7926 5555
For more information visit the Lambeth’s Safeguarding Adults Board website

To report a crime:
In an emergency call the police on: 999
If the person is not in danger now, call the police on: 101

What does the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board do?
The Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board works to protect adults in Lambeth with care and support needs from abuse and neglect. The Board is made up of a range of organisations such as Lambeth Council, health services, police and voluntary agencies.

For more info Say No to Abuse Lambeth

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