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Detecting Signs of Abuse in Vulnerable Adults

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´╗┐Beth King Unit 11 P2 In this assignment I am going to describe the different methods of detecting abuse in vulnerable adults including types of disclosure and why it may be difficult for adults to tell others that they are experiencing abuse. I will then use three areas of physical abuse, behavioural signs and the behaviour of others and describe the three signs that may raise concerns in relation to abuse. There are many different methods of detecting abuse in vulnerable adults, these are: -Third person disclosure: when the person who is being abused talks to someone else but uses another person as an example to say what has been happening. Such as ?my friend?s boyfriend hit her the other night and then he burnt her with boiling hot water from the kettle? but really the individual is talking about themself. -Disclosure: when the individual who is getting abused tells you what is happening to them (how they are getting abused) so then you now have the responsibility to respond but you do not have to maintain confidentiality. -Partial disclosure: when the individual who is getting abused ?hints? to what is happening to them, they won?t tell you what is exactly happening to them but if what they do say and ?hint? makes you feel concerned you need to respond and tell an appropriate person who can then help them. ...read more.

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a person with autism might not know they are getting abused as they don?t understand people because of their learning difficulties. Also the person getting abused might find it hard to tell someone that they are getting abused because they have low self-esteem and they could care too much for the person who is abusing them and what they could do if they ever found out that they had told somebody. Case Study An old woman comes into a day centre who used to be happy and bubbly all the time but in the last few weeks the care assistants have noticed that she has become a lot more quiet and barely speaks to anyone, when they take her to the toilet they notice she has blood stains in her underwear. She is always tired and falls asleep as soon as she gets to the centre and sleeps right through until the end of the day, she always refuses to wake up towards the end of the day as she knows she has to go home to be abused. Behavioural Signs/ Indications of Abuse The person who is getting abused might have changes in their behaviour and they could cause concerns in relation to abuse. ...read more.

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One behaviour of others could be that they are over protective over the vulnerable adult and won?t let them do anything without them, also they could make the vulnerable adults decision for them and not give them any ?freedom of speech? even if it is a little thing like wanting a drink or something to eat. Another behaviour of others could be that they are always on edge and feeling nervous, they could be paranoid all the time e.g. a boyfriend could think his girlfriend is looking at other boys when she really isn?t because she is too scared of her boyfriend. Another behaviour of others could be that the abuser stops the victim from seeing other people like friends and family, even social workers just so they don?t tell anyone that they are abusing them and so they can?t get found out. (Working with Elder Abuse, Jacki Pritchard, 2nd Ed 2000) To conclude, in this assignment I have described the different methods of detecting abuse in vulnerable adults including types of disclosure and why it may be difficult for adults to tell others that they are experiencing abuse. I then used three areas of physical abuse, behavioural signs and the behaviour of others and describe the three signs that may raise concerns in relation to abuse. I also added a case study and diagram to show my understanding. ...read more.

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