Adult and elder abuse
Adults requiring care and support may not be able to protect themselves from abuse or neglect. We have specialist trained officers and staff who work to protect adults at risk of abuse.
Any adult can suffer abuse or neglect from anyone in their lives. Abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and neglect. For older adults, abuse can include coercive control, neglect or acts of omission, discrimination, modern slavery, domestic abuse and cuckooing.
Cuckooing is a term given to criminals who target the homes of vulnerable adults. They may use the property for any criminal purpose but in particular, drug dealing, sexual crimes and firearms. The vulnerable adult is often tasked to complete criminal acts, often under duress.
Adults within a care setting may also experience organisational abuse.
Adults requiring care and support may be at risk of self neglect and potentially may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.
If you are worried that you or someone you know is suffering adult or elder abuse or neglect, please contact us immediately. We will investigate and ensure the person gets the best course of action to meet their needs.
This can be done:
Remember to always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
Any reports of adult abuse or neglect will be sent to specialist trained officers in our Safeguarding Investigation Units.
Or contact Crimestoppers confidentially and anonymously:
Phone: 0800 555 111
You can also give a report to us anonymously – we will record and investigate offences even if you do not want to give your details.
Working with others
We will work with multi-agency partners to protect adults from abuse and neglect. This includes working with them on specific cases to ensure the person receives the support they need and is protected from any further abuse or neglect.
Sussex Police and multi-agency partners also hold regular Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB) across the county and set policy and procedures for all multi-agency partners who support adults at risk.
Action on Elder Abuse provides confidential help and advice and work to protect vulnerable older adults from abuse.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Their website provides details of local care provides and results of their inspections.
Mencap support people with a learning disability and their families. More information can be found on their website.
Neighbourhood Watch for safer and stronger communities.
Scope provides support for disabled people and advice and information on disabilities. Their website provides details of how to contact them.