As part of Stop Adult Abuse week we are sharing the campaigns and events of the five local authority safeguarding adult boards in Avon and Somerset. Today we are sharing Bristol’s campaign, but first, would you recognise the signs that might signal abuse? Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has defined 10 signs:
Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect, so it’s important to trust your gut instinct. If in doubt, speak out.
The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board as part of Stop Adult Abuse Week, have organised for groups from across the city to join together to highlight the issue.
Louise Lawton, Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “Abuse isn’t something that people like to talk about, so we need to work hard to bring the issue into the public consciousness. It can happen anywhere and take many forms, so we’ve all got a responsibility to be alert to it. Having strong support networks in place can help people protect themselves against abuse and we can all play a role here – whether it’s checking on a neighbour, family member, friend or colleague there are little things anyone can do.”
“As part of this new campaign we want people to understand what ‘safeguarding’ actually means – and why it is important.”
Whether it’s financial, emotional, physical or sexual, adult abuse can happen to anyone who’s over 18 with care and support needs which mean they can’t protect themselves. Modern slavery and discrimination also count as abuse, as well as neglect and self-neglect, which is when an individual is not looked after properly.
Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for the People Directorate, said: “Bristol is committed to being a safe city and abuse will not be tolerated. Services are there to support people if they need it – if in any doubt, please speak out.”
To report suspected abuse call Bristol Care Direct on 0117 922 270. For more information, the new Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board Leaflet can be downloaded here: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/report-suspected-abuse