Who is an adult at risk

A vulnerable adult at risk is anyone aged 18 and over who is not able to care for or protect themselves from harm or exploitation. It might be because of:-

  • mental health, disability, age, or illness,

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

To help decide whether someone is at risk read recognising abuse or neglect.

Who commits abuse?

Abuse can happen anywhere, at any time and be caused by anyone including:-

  • a partner or relative
  • a friend or neighbour
  • a paid or volunteer carer
  • other service users
  • someone in a position of trust
  • a stranger

What to do if you witness abuse

If you see or hear someone being harmed or abused, or someone has told you they are being harmed or abused:

In an emergency, don't wait - call 999

  • get medical help if they have been hurt
  • call the police on 101 if you suspect a crime
  • listen and reassure the victim
  • preserve evidence (the police will tell you about this)
  • If you are a patient or visitor to a hospital or other health facility, you should immediately report your concerns to a member of staff.

What to do if you suspect abuse

  • always listen carefully
  • make a note of what has happened or what you are worried about
  • if you are an adult who is being abused, or think you may be, talk to someone you trust or contact us
  • if you are a person, an adult at risk trusts to tell about abuse, ask their permission to contact us, or the police, if a criminal offence is suspected
  • if you are a paid carer or volunteer, tell your manager or another manager in your agency

Report abuse - for a member of the public

Gateway to care is the contact for anyone that would like further information or advice on adult social care and support services available in Kirklees.

  • Contact Gateway to care
  • Phone 01484 414933
  • Opening times
  • Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm
  • After 5pm - If your call is Urgent you can still telephone 01484 414933 as all calls are diverted to our Emergency Duty Team
  • Email
  • Address Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2YZ

Reporting other types of abuse

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