Stop Adult Abuse Week is a local initiative that started in 2014 when five Safeguarding Adults Boards in the South West decided to join together to run a week raising awareness about safeguarding people from abuse and neglect.
We want everyone to be aware of the role they can play in helping to prevent adult abuse. We want everyone to know how to spot the signs and how to get help if needed. For this year’s Stop Adult Abuse Week (15 – 19 June) we are working together with the aim of raising awareness of adult safeguarding during Covid 19.
Abuse exists in many different forms, such as financial abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. These types of abuse can happen to anyone, however those at greater risk include those whose care and support needs affect their ability to protect themselves, such as the elderly, people living with learning disabilities, mental ill-health or severe illness.
During the Covid 19 outbreak and restrictions imposed on social distancing there has been an increase in abuse of vulnerable people in their homes, through cuckooing. This can involve strangers, taking over a vulnerable persons home, using it has a base for illegal activity such as drug dealing. It can also include friends and family members moving in, using the vulnerable person’s food and money for their own purposes, leaving the vulnerable person in debt and without enough food. There has also been an increase in domestic abuse and in financial scams during Covid 19.
In Stop Adult Abuse Week we aim to create a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults, with each day focusing on a different safeguarding adult at risk issue. This year’s week long campaign across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire will include:
Monday: What is Safeguarding Adults ?
Wednesday: Domestic Violence & Abuse
Friday: Self Neglect
If you’re concerned about someone you know in Bristol being abused or neglected call Care Direct on 0117 922 2700, or if the danger is immediate call 999.
Join in the conversation on Twitter by using #stopadultabuseweek