Know How To Recognise Signs of Abuse.
1.1 Define the following types of abuse:
This can be defined as a physical injury which has been caused by actual bodily harm I.e hitting, biting, slapping. The abuse may leave markings which there are no reasonable explanations for.
Defined as sexual acts both direct and nondirect contact. Sexual abuse varies from innuendo, harassment and indecent exposure to physical touching to penetration.
These types of abuse can be define as the use of threats, bribery and blackmail to instill fear and gain control of a persons thoughts regarding decision making.
Is the inappropriate use of funds or theft of funds by another person. This type of abuse is not only limited to money but can include the misuse or theft of belongings also, causing the vulnerable person to spend more money replacing any misused items.
This type of abuse can be defined as the mistreatment of a person's wishes, beliefs or rituals for the sake of the smooth running of a group or organisation.
This can be defined as the failure to tend to your own basic needs such as, hygiene, nutrition, health (seeking medical assistance) and adequate housing and clothing.
Neglect by others
Can be defined as the failure to support another person who needs assistance from you, which could result in injury or illness. This type of abuse includes lack of support with personal care, inadequate clothing, failure to assist with medications when needed.
1.2 Identify signs and/or symptoms associated with each type of abuse:
● Cluster bruising
● bruising of various ages
● bruising/cuts/grazes/burns in obscure places
● unexplainable injuries
● histories of medication overdoses/underdoses
● illness caused by dehydration or malnutrition
● mood changed or withdrawn behaviour
● reclutency or aggression towards a certain person/carer.
● Torn/stained/bloodied clothes(mainly underwear)
● pain/bruising/bleeding in the genital area
Cuts/bruises to the thighs or arms
difficulty in sitting or walking
STIs or pregnancy in a person unable to give consent change in behaviour,
disturbed sleep or bed wetting
lack of concentration
self injury and destructive behaviour.
● Wary of certain carer
● Displaying fearfulness
● Appearing submissive
● Low selfesteem
● Tearfulness around carer or at the mention of a certain carer ● Agitated around certain carer
● Inability to pay regular bills
● Unaware of the financial situation/funds/benefits
● Lack of personal belongings
● Unaccounted money missing from bank account
● Unexpected Change of will/Deeds
● Financial representative reluctant to divulge information regarding funds ● Persons possessions going missing
● Lack of clean facilities/equipment
● No privacy
● Lack of dignity
● No choice regarding meal or bedtimes.
● Limited or no activities
● Restricted access to time away from the home
● Forced to give up control of funds
● Lack of clean clothing/bedding
● No supply of toiletries
● Inadequate staffing which leads to injury
● Poor standards of living
● Lack of running hot water or heating
● Illness due to malnutrition
● Dirty/torn or ill fitting clothing
● Misuse of medications
Refusal of help from carers or other health professionals Poor physical condition
Poor personal hygiene
Neglect by others
● Lack of adequate food
● Minimal or no support at mealtimes
● Lack of support with personal hygiene
● Failure to I provide correct pressure care when needed ● Inappropriate support with mobility
● Incorrect care provided, failure to read a persons care plan ●...
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