Protection of Vulnerable Adults Policy




                      Definition of a Vulnerable Adult


          A person who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or

          illness; and who is or may b unable to take care of him or herself  against significant harm or    exploitation.


         The aim of this policy is to make every member aware of the kind of behaviours that may constitute abuse, ill

         treatment or  unfairness.


        To make members  aware of a range of behaviours that will therefore not be tolerated and to encourage its members

        to speak out against any occasion of such   behaviour  either experienced or witnessed.  It also gives information on

        the actions  to be  taken  should there be a suspect case of abuse.



          Abuse Definitions



            Abuse


              Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.

 

           Abuse may consist of a single act or repeated acts.  It may be physical, sexual, verbal or psychological; it may be an

           act of  neglect or an omission to act,  or it may occur when a vulnerable person is persuaded to enter into a financial or

           sexual  transaction to which he or she has not consented or cannot  consent.  Abuse can occur in any relationship and may

           result in significant harm to or  exploitation of the person subjected to it.


          As a result of abuse harm is done which results in psychological, physical or emotional damage to a person from whom they           need care and support to recover.


        Physical abuse:  Any deliberate act to cause physical harm including hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication         or restraint or the use of  inappropriate sanctions.


         Sexual abuse:  Includes rape and sexual assault, or sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not consented, or to which

         he or she could  not  consent  or was pressured into consenting.  Also the exposure to and observation of sexual acts

         without informed consent.


         Psychological abuse:  Includes emotional abuse, threats or harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation,

           Blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal from services or

            supportive networks.


         Financial or material abuse:  Includes theft fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or   

          financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

  


          Neglect or acts of omission:  Includes ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access t appropriate health

           or social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life such as medication, nutrition and heating.


          Discriminatory abuse:  Includes racist, religious and sexist abuse, abuse based on a person’s disability and other

          forms of  harassment,  slurs or similar  treatment.


         Institutional abuse:  Is mistreatment or abuse by a regime or the individuals within an institution.


        What to do if abuse is suspected, experienced or witnessed


        Should a Communities Welfare Network ’s member or volunteer find themselves in the above position, the

        management committee would consider

        that in line with upholding the organisational values of mutual respect and support, that the  member would report the incident

        to a trustee.

         The trustee would then pass on the information to chair or a relevant and appropriate body to deal with the case.



        Confidentiality


        Information about an alleged abuse will be shared on a ‘need to know’ basis and treated in the strictest confidence.


        The alleged abusers right to confidentiality must also be upheld.


              Policy updated on 12/12/2013



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