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Policy Safeguarding vulnerable adults policy

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6. Who are we safeguarding and what are we safeguarding against?

Who are we safeguarding?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who could be targeted or who may self neglect due to their needs, disability, ill health or circumstances
  • Young adults over the age of 18 who cannot protect themselves against harm or exploitation
  • Older people who through physical or mental limitations or reliance on support could be abused or exploited or could neglect themselves.

Against what:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect by others and acts of omission
  • Bullying (including psychological abuse)
  • Risk of injury
  • Financial and material exploitation
  • Discrimination
  • Illness
  • Self neglect
  • Disrespect or lack of dignity