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Reporting a concern

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What is abuse?

Abuse takes many forms. It includes:

  • any form of harm such as:
    • hitting, injuring or restraining
    • threatening, intimidating or humiliating
    • sexual attention or activity that is not wanted
    • keeping someone on their own
  • any form of neglect such as:
    • not giving the correct medicine
    • not providing food or clothing
    • not arranging the right care
  • financial abuse such as:
    • stealing or misusing money or property
    • pressure about wills or inheritance
  • discrimination such as treating someone less favourably because of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability or sexual orientation
  • domestic violence and abuse

Further information about adult abuse

Reporting abuse procedure and process

The Multi-agency safeguarding adults policy and Multi-agency safeguarding adults procedures sets out the locally adopted procedures used by Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole and all the member agencies.

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