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What is abuse? What is neglect?

Everyone has the right to live a life free of abuse.

Abuse can take different forms, ranging from exploitation and disrespectful treatment to physical harm.

It can be at a low level, taking place over a long time, or it can take place over a short time and be more extreme

It can include:

  • physical abuse
  • domestic abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • racial abuse
  • financial abuse (including scams)
  • hate crime
  • modern slavery and trafficking

You can find out more about the signs of abuse and neglect on the NSPCC website.

You can read more about spotting signs of abuse or neglect on the NHS website.

If you are concerned someone is suffering  abuse, report it

Call Adult Social Care Connect on

0345 603 7630

This phone line is monitored Monday - Friday 0930-1730

If you believe someone is in immediate danger, dial 999.


Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet someone's basic needs.

The person may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care.

This can include neglect from people whose job it is to provide care, for example in a care home or somebody receiving care in their own home.

Someone who's neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well.

Self-neglect can also fall under this area of concern.

Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage - even death.

Visit the NSPCC site for signs, indicators and effects of neglect


Report a concern about a child
Report a concern about an adult
Abuse and neglect
Domestic abuse or violence
Deprivation of liberty safeguarding


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