We are working with other organisations in Bromley to ensure that vulnerable adults live a life free from fear, are treated with respect and are not forced to do anything against their will. 

A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm or exploitation. Adults may be vulnerable due to old age/frailty, mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities.

What is abuse

Abuse is the violation of an individual's human and civil rights by any other person or persons. Abuse may consist of single or repeated acts. Abuse can happen anywhere: in the vulnerable person's own home, out in the street, or in their care home or hospital.

Forms of abuse include:

  • physical abuse e.g. hitting, pushing or restraint
  • psychological abuse e.g. emotional abuse, intimidation or verbal abuse
  • financial or material abuse e.g. theft, fraud or misuse of property
  • domestic abuse e.g. abuse perpetrated by a partner or other relative
  • sexual abuse e.g. sexual acts that the vulnerable person does not consent to
  • modern slavery e.g. forced labour, domestic servitude or trafficking
  • discriminatory abuse e.g. abuse against a vulnerable person because of their race, gender or sexuality
  • organisational abuse e.g. abuse suffered within an institution or specific setting
  • neglect or acts of omission e.g. ignoring a person’s medical needs, or emotional or physical care needs
  • self-neglect e.g. someone neglecting to care for their own health, hygiene or personal environment

This is not an exhaustive list. For more detailed information of forms of abuse, please consult Section 14 of the Care Act Statutory Guidance.