SCIE indicators of abuse guideline

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This insightful summary explores the forms that abuse can take, and the signs or possible indicators that may suggest a person is experiencing abuse.

Safeguarding adults from abuse is an essential but complex part of care. The relationships and circumstances of an individual can make accurately determining whether someone is experiencing abuse difficult, and many signs of abuse are themselves difficult to detect. However, some of those most at risk of abuse—people with care and support needs (e.g. older people or people with disabilities)—can be seen as ‘easy targets’ and may be less likely to identify or report abuse. It is important to be vigilant for the signs and, where necessary, take action to protect people.

This summary, taken from the Social Care Institute for Excellence at a glance guideline, explores the key varieties of abuse that occur and examples of signs that may suggest abuse is taking, or has taken, place. 

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