Principles of Safeguarding and Protection

A person who has low self esteem and no sense of self worth. Someone who has been physically and emotionally abused in the past. Someone that has been sexually abused. People who have substance abuse problems. The mentally ill or homeless. Someone who is mentally handicapped or medically dependent people, such as nursing home patients or people with debilitating diseases like MS, Parkinson's, or cancer. The elderly are at risk as are children. This is because they have nobody to protect them and are often abused by people in their lives. They may be less aware of there rights. They may be socially isolated. They may need help with personal care and daily living.
Not able to express them selfs freely   can be be took advantage off. Limited sex education.   Maybe sharing a home with whom they don’t want to share with. Poor housing quality.   May not be getting more care that then the carer is giving. May have difficulty in understanding requests and actions. May not know how to complain and the abuser may play on that. May receive support from different carers. Maybe a history of substance abuse which could b played on.
A relationship of unequal power. No aids or adaptation in unsuitable housing.   May have limited life experiences and   not recognise risky situations.

If you work for a company or agency there should be policies and procedures already in place to follow most would state to report to the appropriate person(s); record the facts on appropriate paperwork; listen and do not judge. Always establish what it is that has occurred and report any suspicions to the appropriate manager. Reassure the individual at all times and take every allegation seriously. Always date the paperwork and have it signed by any witnesses (if any). Take photographs of evidence if possible. Speak clearly and precise and avoid any leading questions.

If someone tells you they are being abused stay calm and listen, take what they say seriously. The person being...