We aim to protect vulnerable adults and children from abuse. If you think you, or someone you know, are being abused, we can help.
Abuse could be:
- Physical - including hitting, slapping and punching
- Sexual - including rape and other sexual acts to which the person has not given their consent to
- Emotional/psychological - including threats and humiliation
- Financial - including theft, deception and withholding what belongs to you
- Neglect - including being left without food, heating or personal care
- Discriminatory (including hate crime) - this can include being treated unfairly because of your age, gender, race, culture, disability, background, sexuality or illness
- Risk of abuse - where abuse or neglect is likely to occur.
Who is classed as a vulnerable person?
Defining who is classed as vulnerable is not straightforward and it would be incorrect to assume that every elderly person is vulnerable. The government defines a vulnerable adult as someone who is 18 years of age and over and:
- is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who
- is or may be unable to take care of themselves, or unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.
We have a Policy for Supporting Vulnerable People, which sets out our approach to identifying and supporting vulnerable adults in North East Derbyshire. We are also a member of the Derbyshire Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Partnership.
Who can I speak to?
If you are concerned that you, or someone you know, may be the victim of abuse, it is important that you speak to someone:
- In an emergency, always dial 999
- Someone you trust who provides you with help/care
- Your GP, Nurse or Home Help
- Someone at a day centre, residential home or another carer
- Contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058
- Tell a trusted relative, friend or neighbour
- Tell your Housing Officer when they visit or you can find their contact details on the 'Estate' page of the website.
You can also send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a Housing Officer will call you back, provide support and put you in touch with the right people who can help stop the abuse.