Ocean Healthcare Complex Care has a duty of care to protect service users in our care from harm and abuse, and provide them with high-quality, compassionate care, and treat them with diginity and respect.
This page outlines what safeguarding is, what kinds of abuse it covers and who to contact if you have concerns for someone.
What Is Abuse?
Abuse can take many different forms. Some of the most common are:
- Physical abuse– such as hitting, shaking,
slapping, throwing, burning, scalding, locking them in a room or misuse of medication.
- Emotional, social and psychological abuse– such as bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, taunting, humiliation or personal exploitation of someone. Making them feel worthless,
anxious or frightened.
- Neglect– such as not providing necessary food, care or access to medical treatment.
- Financial abuse– misusing, withholding or taking someone’s money.
- Sexual abuse– such as inappropriate
touching, forcing someone to take part in any sexual act against their will.
- Discriminatory abuse– ill-treatment due to the person’s age, gender, race, disability or religious beliefs