Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board is an independent organisation set up to help and to ‘safeguard’ Lewisham adults with care and support needs. It is there to make sure that local safeguarding arrangements are in place; help to prevent abuse and neglect taking place; and, ensure agencies respond appropriately when concerns are raised.
Every adult has the right to live safely and free from abuse. Safeguarding is ‘everybody’s business’ so the board is made up of people representing social services, all aspects of health care, as well as the police, fire brigade and many other organisations.
An important part of the Board’s role is ensuring that adults with care and support needs are protected (safeguarded) from abuse and neglect. One way of doing that is to let people know what abuse is and what you can do if you are worried that you or someone you know might be at risk.
What is abuse?
Abuse is when someone does or says things to you that make you feel upset or frightened. You may be too scared to tell anyone or stop them. You may be abused on purpose or someone may not realise that they are abusing you or upsetting you.
What are the different types of abuse?
There are many different types of abuse but the most common ones are: physical abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, financial abuse, psychological abuse and neglect or acts of omission.
Whose fault is it?
It is not your fault if someone abuses you. What they are doing to you is wrong.
What do I do if I experience, witness, or suspect harm?
If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. To help someone who you believe is being harmed please call the Lewisham Social Care Advice & Information Team (SCAIT) 020 8314 7777.
I am an adult at risk, how do I keep safe?
You have the right to live free from abuse and neglect. If you are in immediate danger, call the police or SCAIT team. Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor, social worker, health worker, carer, family or friends who can raise a safeguarding concern on your behalf.
What happens then?
Trained staff will contact the person being abused. They will work together with the adult at risk carefully and sensitively to find out what they would like to happen, understand the different risks they are facing and agree how to deal with the situation. The adult at risk will be fully involved in the process wherever possible
We hope this provides you with an understanding of Adult Safeguarding, what you should be aware of, and how to seek help.
If you require any more information about Adult Safeguarding or wish to raise a concern about an adult at risk, please contact the SCAIT team on: 0208 314 7777