Adult abuse, keeping yourself safe

If you have been harmed or abused, or fear that you might be, please tell someone you trust. This might be a social worker, a GP or a care provider. It might be a friend or a relative who you trust.

If you have been harmed or abused, or fear that you might be, please tell someone you trust. This might be a social worker, a GP or a care provider. It might be a friend or a relative who you trust.

If you tell a professional, they have a duty to tell their manager who will report the concern to social services, the police or other agencies who can investigate.

If you tell a friend or relative encourage them to report the concern.

All reports that someone may have been abused or harmed are followed up by Social Services, the Police, Health or the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).

Who gets involved depends on what has happened.

Looking into referrals

All adult protection referrals have to be looked into. If someone makes a referral about you, we will usually get in touch with you. We will look at the risk and decide what needs to be done and if we need to investigate

Adult protection investigation

The adult protection investigation will find out what happened, who was involved and what needs to be done to keep you safe. The investigators may work for social services or health. You may be interviewed as part of the investigation.

Once we have investigated, we will look at the report and decide whether the alleged abuse has happened or not and discuss what should happen next. We’ll also make sure that you are supported and safe.

The standards below say what you can expect from adult protection.

1 – Raising concerns

All concerns that you may have been abused will be taken seriously and will be followed up by social services or the police or health.

2 – Decision-making

You will be involved in all of the decisions that are made.

3 – Communication

Every effort will be made to help you with any communication needs you may have.

Standard 4 – Meetings

You will be encouraged and helped to attend any meetings that are arranged to discuss your situation. However, you won’t be able to be there while confidential information about other people is discussed.

Standard 5 – Risk Assessment and Protection Plans

You will be involved in a risk assessment in putting together a Protection Plan to keep you safe.

Standard 7 – Support

You will receive support throughout the process with help to understand what is happening.

Standard 8 – Advocacy

You will be offered an advocate if you wish to have someone to support you through the process. If you are not able to make decisions about keeping yourself safe an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) may be appointed to represent your views and wishes.

Standard 9 – Outcomes

You will be informed of the final outcome of the adult protection investigation and, wherever possible, told what will happen to the person or organisation that harmed you.

The best way to deal with abuse is to stop it happening in the first place.

If people at risk of abuse have control over their lives, confidence to make decisions and information about what to do they can keep themselves safe.

The Powys Adult Protection Committee works with other organisations in Powys to run courses and workshops:

Report abuse

If you have been harmed or abused:

In an emergency, don’t wait – call 999.

  • Do get medical help if you have been hurt
  • Do call the police if you suspect a crime
  • Do preserve evidence (the police will tell you about this

You can contact us through the following channels:

  • Online form 
  • Telephone Powys People Direct (Adults) on: 01597 827556
  • Government Agencies can send email here

More information on reporting adult abuse

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