Recognising and raising concerns about an adult or child where abuse or neglect is suspected.
All employees should be alert to the possibility of abuse. An individual may become concerned about the safety or wellbeing of an individual in a number of ways:
- The person may tell you.
- The person may say something that worries you.
- A third party may voice concerns.
- You may see something – an incident or an injury or other sign.
Whilst Neath Port Talbot Council members, employees, volunteers and contracted service providers will have varied levels of contact with adults and children at risk as part of their engagement with the Council, everyone should be aware of the potential indicators of abuse and neglect and be clear about what to do if they have any concerns.
It is not the responsibility of any one individual to determine whether or not abuse has taken place or if an individual is at risk of harm; however they do have a responsibility to act if they have any concerns.
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