Keeping adults safe from abuse
What to do if you think someone is at immediate risk of
Contact the emergency services in the first instance by
Alternatively you can contact:
- Kent County Council
on 03000 41 61 61
- Medway Council
on 01634 333 111
- Kent and Medway out of hours service
on 03000 41 91 91.
What is abuse?
Abuse is a breach of a person's rights, and may be a
single act or happen repeatedly over a period of time. Abuse may be
deliberate, but may also happen as a result of poor care practices
or ignorance. It can happen anywhere, including your home, a
residential or nursing home, at hospital, day centre or in a public
Abuse can take many forms and may include:
- physical abuse,
- sexual abuse,
- financial abuse,
- psychological abuse,
- neglect or
- discriminatory abuse.
A vulnerable person may be neglected, persuaded to agree to
something against their will or taken advantage of because they do
not fully understand the consequences of their choices or actions.
All these things count as abuse and in many cases will count as a
Anyone may abuse, but it is usually someone known to the
It is everyone's right to live in a safe environment, free from
If you are a social care professional or volunteer
You can find support for your work with vulnerable adults in our