Published: Monday, 12th September 2016
Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Week runs 12 to 18 September. The aim of this week is raise public awareness in Norfolk of adult abuse and help people to identify and report abuse.
In Norfolk, 2,709 safeguarding adult concerns were raised between April 2015 and March 2016. Most often the abuse is carried out by someone known to the person who is being harmed.
We probably know someone who needs help with their money, to pay their bills or for shopping, or support to get around. Sometimes, though, things may go wrong. The person needing support may feel uncomfortable, afraid or hurt in the situation, or find their money or possessions are being taken from them.
Look out for the signs of abuse. These can include someone who looks dirty, is not dressed properly or has an injury that is difficult to explain. Other signs can include someone who seems frightened around certain people, seems unusually withdrawn or who finds money missing.
In an emergency call 999.
If you’d like more information visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/speakup.