A person who has low self esteem and no sense of self worth. Someone who has been physically and emotionally abused in the past. Someone that has been sexually abused. People who have substance abuse problems. The mentally ill or homeless. Someone who is mentally handicapped or medically dependent people, such as nursing home patients or people with debilitating diseases like MS, Parkinson's, or cancer. The elderly are at risk as are children. This is because they have nobody to protect them and are often abused by people in their lives. They may be less aware of there rights. They may be socially isolated. They may need help with personal care and daily living.
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The person being abused must be the one to make any decisions about who to contact and mention ordeal that is happening to them and what action to take, provided they have the mental capacity to do so. If a person does not have the mental capacity to make this decision than you should act in their best interest. If a person is in immediate danger, or if the person experiencing abuse is not considered to be a vulnerable adult then contact the police. If a person is considered to be a vulnerable adult then contact social services. If you suspect a person is being abused you can still contact social services or the police. You may want to talk to the person first before making contact. If on active duty and I find out about a case of abuse then I would have to act in the best interest of the client and report it to management and record my finds and get a copy of the report signed but the abused individual for confirmation regardless if they font want anything mentioned, it still needs to be heard by management in regards to safeguarding policies and procedures.
Record the facts immediately, report immediately to management and do not tamper with evidence.
An example of this is Peter Connelly he was born to Tracey Connelly on 1 March 2006. In November, Connellys new boyfriend, Steven Barker, moved in with her. In December, a GP noticed bruises on Peter's face and chest. His mother was arrested and Peter was put into the care of a family friend, but returned home to his mother's care in January 2007. Over the next few months, Peter was admitted to hospital on two occasions suffering from injuries including bruising, scratches and swelling on the side of the head. Connelly was arrested again in May 2007.In June 2007, a social worker observed marks on Peter and informed the police. A medical examination concluded that the bruising was due to abuse. On 4 June, the baby was placed with a friend for safeguarding. Over a month later, on 25 July, Haringey Council's Children & Young People's Service obtained legal advice which indicated that the "threshold for initiating Care Proceedings...was not met".On 1 August 2007, Baby Peter was seen at St. Ann's Hospital in north London by locum paediatrician Dr. Sabah Al-Zayyat. Serious injuries, including a broken back and broken ribs, very likely went undetected (the autopsy report believed these to have pre-dated Al-Zayyat's examination). A day later, Connelly was informed that she would not be prosecuted.The next day, an ambulance was called and Peter was found in his cot, blue and clad only in a nappy. After attempts at resuscitation, he was taken to North Middlesex hospital with his mother but was pronounced dead at 12:20 pm. A post-mortem revealed he had swallowed a tooth after being punched. Other injuries included a broken back, broken ribs, mutilated fingertips and fingernails missing.The police immediately began a murder investigation and Baby P's mother was arrested. So too were...