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Abuse and neglect - safeguarding adults

Everyone is entitled to live their life in safety without being mistreated, hurt or exploited by others. But some people's situations may make them less able to protect themselves from harm or mistreatment.

This may happen as people get older, or because they have a mental health issue, a disability, a sensory impairment or some form of illness.

Mistreating someone in this way is known as 'abuse'.

And if someone fails to properly look after another person in their care, this is known as 'neglect'.

Both abuse and neglect of people are never acceptable.

These pages will tell you more about what abuse and neglect are, who is particularly at risk of abuse, and how to get help and advice if you or someone you know is being mistreated, abused or neglected.

It is important to remember that if you are being abused, it is not your fault. Your local council takes the abuse of people very seriously - they will listen to your concerns and give you a prompt response.

If you think that you or someone you know is being subjected to abuse then please go to our page What to do if you think someone is at risk of being abused for advice and details on whom to contact.

The other pages in this section will tell you more about abuse and neglect.