Enable is committed to ensuring that every child, young person and vulnerable adult is safe and happy in their activities, and protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.

What is abuse?

Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child, young person or vulnerable adult.  Somebody may abuse or neglect by inflicting harm, or by failing to prevent harm.

Main Types of Abuse

There are different types of abuse that can take place, below is a list of what you should be aware of:

  • Prevent is about safeguarding learners to keep them both safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways. Find out more about Prevent.
  • Physical abuse can include hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, misuse of medication, restraint, or inappropriate sanctions.
  • Sexual abuse can include rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not consented, or could not consent or was pressured into consenting.
  • Psychological abuse can include emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks.
  • Financial or material abuse can include theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
  • Neglect and acts of omission can include ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or education services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
  • Discriminatory abuse can include racism, sexism, abuse based on a person’s disability, and other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment.

Places where people can be at risk of abuse

Abuse can take place anywhere. This includes public places, at college, in day centres, in a residential or nursing home or in your own home.

People who can cause harm

Anyone can behave in an abusive way. This can include family, friends, partners, teachers, care workers, volunteers and strangers.

If you have a concern

If you are a learner on an Enable programme and think you have been hurt or abused you should contact the Designated Senior Person within the organisation you attend for learning.  If you feel this isn’t possible please contact:

The Designated Senior Person (DSP):  Ian Newton Telephone.  (0115)  7 100 200. Email: ceo@enable.uk.net

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