4229-204 – Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care. 1.1
Physical abuse is when someone hits you or hurts your body. Sexual abuse is when someone touches your body in a way you do not like, sexual abuse can also be when someone wants you to touch them or to wanting you to have sex with them when you don’t want to. Emotional abuse is when someone keeps saying hurtful things that upset you. Financial abuse is when someone takes your money or belongings from you without your permission, someone who is committing financial abuse may also force you to give them things or spend money that you don’t want to spend. Neglect by others is where the people that are supposed to support and look after you don’t give you the right care and support you need. Institutional abuse is where kind abuse is happening to someone in a confined care facility. Self neglect is where an individual fails to attend to their basic needs. 1.2
Possible indictors of physical abuse are cuts, bruises, burns, grip or restraint markings, black eyes, bite marks, broken bones or fractures that are not consistent with the explanation offered, spotty balding. It isn’t just the obvious markings you can see that are the symptoms of physical abuse there is also the behavioural side of it which could be running away attempts and fear of a member of staff or care home, describes self as bad and deserving to be punished, may flinch if touched unexpectedly, extremely aggressive or withdrawn, abusive behaviour and language, poor sleeping patterns, fear of the dark, frequent nightmares, drug/alcohol misuse and suicide attempts. Possible indicators of sexual abuse are loss of sleep, unexplained and unexpected mood swings, unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, bleeding from intimate areas, bruising, soreness, torn clothing, unwanted touching/ groping, sexual transmitted diseases, pelvic pain and eating disorders. Possible indicators of emotional/ psychological abuse are...
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