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Adult Social Care - Keeping safe

If you are at risk or suspect someone is at risk, don't ignore it ... say something, tell someone!

Your first point of call should be your
 local Adult Social Care office.

In an emergency: 

Adult safeguarding is the term used to describe the function of protecting adults (aged 18 or over who appear to have health and social care needs) from abuse or neglect.  It is a shared priority across a range of public services, but a key responsibility of the local authority.

An adult at risk may be a person who: 
  • is elderly and frail due to ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment
  • has a learning disability
  • has a physical disability and/or sensory impairment
  • has mental health needs, including dementia or a personality disorder
  • has a long term illness/ condition
  • misuses substances or alcohol
  • is a carer such as a family member/ friend who provides personal assistance and care to adults and is subject to abuse
  • is unable to demonstrate the capacity to make a decision and is in need of care and support

Harm can include any of the following:

  • a single act or repeated acts
  • an act of neglect or a failure to act
  • multiple acts, e.g., an adult at risk may be neglected and also financially abused

What should you look out for?

  • Unexplained injury
  • Signs of fear or distress
  • Withdrawal

Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or other abuse between family members.  This can be violent behaviour by a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, ex-partner, father, mother, son or daughter who lives with you or lives elsewhere.  It may include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.  No-one should have to put up with any kind of violence or abuse.  Everyone has a right to personal safety.  So, if you are worried, then ask for help.

Further information can be found on the Safer Cumbria website.

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender orientation
  • transgender identity

This can be committed against a person or property and anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

If you feel that you are being targeted in this way, or you are a witness or just know of something happening. then you should report the incident to Cumbria Police

Most of us feel safe in our homes, yet more accidents happen at home than anywhere else.  Please refer to Age UK's Home Safety Checker - Staying Safe Around the Home booklet for useful tips and advice.

Fire safety

Every home in Cumbria is eligible to apply for a free Home Safety Visit to help you deal with any potential fire hazards in your home.  Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service can help you design a fire plan so that you and your family will know how to react if you have a fire.  They will also fit, where applicable, a battery powered smoke alarm free of charge.  More information is available on the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service website.