There must be no tolerance of abuse.
People find it hard to understand why anyone would want to abuse an older person, someone with a physical disability or learning disability, or someone who is unwell. But someone suffering some mental and/or physical frailty is the perfect victim: they can’t defend themselves, they can’t get away, and even if they are able to communicate they may not believed.
Abuse does not have to be deliberate, malicious or planned either. It sometimes happens that people are trying to do their best but don’t really know what is the right thing to do or find themselves at the end of their tether in difficult circumstances.
As a care professional you have a duty to help prevent abuse and report it where you think it is happening. This web site is intended to help you do that. Please take time to look at it and where you think a vulnerable person may be the victim of abuse, mistreatment or crime – report it.
Please take a look at the following links:
- What is safeguarding
- Recognising abuse and what to do
- Policies, procedures and guidance
- Training and development
- Safe services
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Posters, leaflets and guides are available.
365alive is an Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service initiative which aims to promote a safer community for everyone through safety education and prevention work.