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Spot the signs to protect adults from abuse


If you are a victim of abuse or want to report the abuse of a vulnerable adult, you can contact Knowsley Council’s Adult Safeguarding Team on 0151 443 2600.

Who is at risk?

Particularly vulnerable adults may include the elderly and those with a physical or learning disability. They may be at risk from a relative, friend, neighbour, carer – or even a stranger.

Abuse can happen anywhere – in a person’s home, a residential or nursing home or in a day centre or hospital.

What are the signs of adult abuse?

Abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Hitting, slapping and pushing
  • Shouting or swearing, humiliating or harassing
  • Unwanted sexual contact
  • Money or property taken without consent or under pressure
  • Neglect or denying privacy, choice or social contact
  • Not respecting a person’s race, culture, age, sex, religion, disability and sexuality
  • Modern day slavery – e.g. the exploitation of immigrant workers

What should I do if I suspect an adult is being abused?

If you have concerns about an adult experiencing any of these types of abuse – or any other concerns about their welfare there is help available in Knowsley.

The Adult Safeguarding Team now works within Knowsley’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), and will offer a single point of contact for you. By working closely with agencies such as the police, health and social landlords the Team can help protect vulnerable, disabled and elderly adults.

So if you have any concerns contact the team today on 0151 443 2600.