Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
If you are concerned that an adult at risk living in Kirklees is being abused you can telephone, visit or email us using the contact details below:-
Report abuse or seek advice contacts
- Kirklees Council
- Customer Service Centre Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TG
- Gateway to care Walsh Building, Town Hall Way, Dewsbury, WF12 8EQ
- Phone 01484 414933 Open 24 hours a day
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens after abuse is reported?
When you report abuse, people will:
- listen to you
- take your concerns seriously
- respond sensitively
- make enquiries about the concerns
- consider the wishes of the adult at risk
- talk to the police if it is a criminal matter
- support the adult at risk to achieve the changes they want, wherever possible
- develop a plan with the adult at risk to keep them safe in the future
- consider if anyone else is at risk.
The Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board organises safeguarding adults work in Kirklees. The Board includes a range of organisations, such as Kirklees Council, health services, police and voluntary agencies.
Who is an adult at risk?
An adult at risk is someone who is aged 18 years or more who:
- has needs for care and support
- is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect, and
- as a result of their need for care and support is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.
- is an older person who is frail due to ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment
- has a learning disability
- has a physical disability and/or sensory impairment
- has mental health needs including dementia or a personality disorder
- has a long-term illness/condition
- misuses substances or alcohol
- is an unpaid carer such as a family member/friend who provides personal assistance and care to adults and is subject to abuse
- lacks the mental capacity to make particular decisions and is in need of care and support.
What is abuse?
Abuse can be:
- something that happens once
- something that happens repeatedly
- a deliberate act
- something that was unintentional, perhaps due to a lack of understanding
- a crime
Abuse can happen anywhere, at any time and be caused by anyone
It might be:
- a partner or relative
- a friend or neighbour
- a paid or volunteer carer
- other service users
- someone in a position of trust
- a stranger
Different forms of abuse and neglect
Abuse can take many forms. It might include:
I think I am being abused or neglected: what can I do?
You can talk to:
- Don't worry about making a fuss – tell someone you trust as soon as possible.
- Speak to friends or careworkers, who may have an understanding of the situation and be able to take steps quickly to improve the situation.
- You can also talk to professionals such as your GP or social worker about your concerns, or you could ask to speak Kirklees Council Adult Safeguarding team.
- If you believe a crime is being, or has been, committed – whether it's physical abuse or financial – talk to the police or ask someone you trust to do so on your behalf.
For more information on what happens after you report a safeguarding issue read our Safeguarding and you leaflet.