Who is an 'adult at risk'?

Some groups of people may be more likely to experience abuse and may be less able to protect themselves from harm or exploitation because they:

  • Have a learning / physical / sensory disability
  • Have mental ill health or dementia
  • Are frail due to age, physical disability or cognitive impairment
  • Have an acquired brain injury
  • Have a drug / alcohol problem
  • Have a long term illness/condition
  • Are a carer who provides personal assistance and care to an adult and is subject to abuse
  • Lack capacity to make a decision and need care and support.

(This list is not exhaustive).

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