Adult Safeguarding information

We have an Adult Safeguarding Policy in place to ensure that all our service users are protected from abuse and to ensure that those who have been abused receive support and protection from further abuse. Our policy has been developed with reference to government policy and best practice.

All our staff and volunteers receive training to ensure they know the steps to be taken when abuse is disclosed, identified, suspected or alleged. 

Our Adult Safeguarding Champion is Eileen Thomson, Deputy Chief Executive and each service area has dedicated adult safeguarding leads.  If you use Cedar services and have any concerns you should speak to your key worker or the manager for the service.

General information is also available on the Northern Ireland Adult Safeguarding Partnership website and contact details for the Adult Gateway teams (who can accept referrals from anyone if there is a concern) are on each of the Health & Social Care Trust websites (links below).

What is abuse?

It includes: 

  • Physical abuse, where the abuser hits, pushes, kicks, treats the person roughly or worse.  
  • Psychological / emotional abuse or bullying involving threats, name-calling, insults, humiliation and meanness.  
  • Sexual abuse, for instance being touched or hit in private places, or even being sexually assaulted. Sexual abuse can be verbal too, through comments and jokes that make the older person feel threatened or embarrassed.
  • Financial abuse or theft. This can be as straightforward as someone stealing money or valuables,  or keeping some or all the money that should be used to pay bills
  • Neglect - this includes not providing enough or the right kind of food for a vulnerable adult, or not taking good enough care of them. Leaving someone unwashed or in dirty or wet clothes, not getting them to a doctor when they need one or not making sure they have the right medicines all count as neglect.  
  • Institutional – the mistreatment or neglect of an adult by a regime or individuals in settings which adults who may be at risk reside in or use. This can occur in any organisation, within or outside Health and Social Care (HSC) provision

 

Useful links:

Adult Safeguarding: Prevention and Protection in Partnership (2015)

Adult Safeguarding Operational Procedures (NIASP 2016)

NI Direct Adult Safeguarding Information (includes telephone numbers)

Belfast HSCT Adult Safeguarding Information

Northern HSCT Adult Safeguarding Information

South Eastern HSCT Adult Safeguarding Information

Southern HSCT Adult Safeguarding Information

Western HSCT Adult Safeguarding Information