Kirklees Safeguarding Week 2021

What does Safeguarding mean to you?

It is a common misconception that safeguarding only relates to severe forms such as domestic violence. There are many types of abuse including domestic violence, sexual abuse, Neglect, financial, emotional, and psychological abuse. Not all abuse is physical or visible, there are different forms of abuse which often can be difficult to spot.

Neglect

Neglect is one form of abuse that is the most common and perhaps the most covert as no single incident acts as a trigger.  An example of neglect is the true case of a senior lady, who will be referred to as Mrs X.  Mrs X was discharged from the hospital back to the care home where she resided. When she arrived, care home staff found signs of neglect; she had pressure sores to her heel and sacrum and urine burns thought to have stemmed from not having her incontinence pad changed. Medical attention has now been sought and suitable care has been arranged.

Emotional Abuse

Another example of abuse is emotional/ controlling abuse which can include traits such as verbal abuse, swearing or insults. Gaslighting; manipulating the truth and making you doubt your own feelings. Rejection; rejecting your thoughts, feelings, or opinions.

An example of this is the incident of Mrs Z. Her family raised concerns on alleged emotional harm, controlling behaviour and financial abuse. This abuse came to light when Mrs Z disclosed to carers that she has no money, her finances were controlled, and she was treated like a child. She was forced to stay at a place she didn’t want to and was shouted at and her money and belongings were taken. She had lost capabilities and the alleged did not encourage or let her carry out tasks, and then called Mrs Z stupid and lazy. Suitable care has been put into place to protect Mrs Z from future incidents.

Get in touch

Safeguarding is for everyone – children, doctors, teachers, senior people, or people with disabilities. If you need help or know someone who does, please get in touch.