Speaking out about elder abuse

Published Friday, 12 June 2015

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place each year on 15 June.

It can be difficult for people to speak out but encouraging friends and neighbours to raise the alarm if they think an elderly or vulnerable person is experiencing abuse is an important part of Bromley Council’s work to safeguard adults vulnerable to the risk of abuse.  

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place each year on 15 June with the aim of focusing attention on the physical, emotional and financial abuse of older people. The Executive Councillor for Care Services, Robert Evans urges anyone who might have a concern to contact the Council.

“Speaking out isn’t always easy,” said Councillor Robert Evans, “but it’s the responsibility of all of us to speak up if we’re to safeguard often elderly and vulnerable adults in our community.  We want to urge people to pick up the phone and make that call if they are at all worried about an elderly person they know.   It might be the sudden appearance of a rogue builder or someone turning up unexpectedly on a neighbour’s doorstep or even a family member whose behaviour concerns you but please make that call.”

If you have any concerns about an elderly or vulnerable adult’s safety please call the Council on 020 8461 7777.  For an out of hour’s emergency call 020 8464 4848

Helping people to stay safe in their own homes is an important part of how the Council safeguards elderly and vulnerable adults in the borough.  The Council’s trading standards are also urging people to call their rapid response team if they suspect an older person is the victim of a lottery scam or a property maintenance fraud - the team are currently investigating a case where an older consumer has paid thousands of pounds for bogus property repairs following a cold call from a rogue trader.  So, please be our eyes and ears and if you see any suspicious activity on the property of an older neighbour call the Trading Standards rapid response team on 07903 852090. 

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For more information visit www.bromley.gov.uk/SafeguardingAdults
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