Suspected abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult
We believe that every adult has the right to be treated with dignity, have their choices respected and live a life free from fear.
Disability, illness or frailty means that many adults over the
age of 18 have to rely on other people to help them in their
day-to-day living. Sometimes it is because they have to depend on
others that they could become more susceptible to risk, very
often from people they know such as a relative, friend, neighbour
or paid carer.
What is abuse?
Abuse can take many forms and all of them are distressing.
- Physical, for example hitting, slapping, pushing or physically
restraining, or the mismanagement of medication.
- Emotional or psychological, for example shouting and swearing
to make a person afraid.
- Sexual, for example unwanted touching, kissing or sexual
- Financial, for example money or belongings taken under pressure
or stolen without consent.
- Neglectful, for example not being properly cared for,
mismanaging medication or being denied privacy, choice or social
- Discriminatory, for example suffering abuse or neglect on the
grounds of religion, culture, gender, sexuality or
- Self neglect, for example some people neglect their own
health and social care needs
How can we help?
Abuse can take place in a person's own home, in a residential or
nursing home or a day centre or hospital. Unfortunately those being
abused are often the least likely to bring the situation to
If you see, or know of, a worrying situation please do not
ignore it. Get in touch with us and we will do something about it.
This may mean acting directly on your information and/or contacting
other services to put an end to an abusive or neglectful
We will also provide information and offer practical advice to
the person suffering abuse, so that they can make an informed
choice about any help they might need, or any action they may wish
to take. If they are unable to make an informed choice, care
will be taken to support and protect them.
How to get in touch
The Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Adults Team is
the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries.
You can contact them from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254)
585949. In an emergency out of normal office hours contact
the Emergency Duty Team on (01254) 587547, or contact the Police on
(01254) 51212 or dial 999.
Concerns about a child being abused
If you are concerned about a child being abused please
Safeguarding adults policies, procedures and forms
Click here to view the safeguarding
adults policies, procedures and forms.
Easy read information about adult abuse
Please click here to download an
easy read leaflet explaining the different types of adult abuse and
how to get help if you or someone you know is being abused.
Local Safeguarding Adults Board and Local Safeguarding
The Local Safeguarding Adults Board and Local Safeguarding
Children's Board are partnerships of local organisations that work
together to safeguard children and adults in Blackburn with
For more information on the Local Safeguarding Adults Board
For more information on the Local Safeguarding Children's Board
visit their website
Animations explore issues around domestic abuse
A new series of animations have been produced to raise awareness
of domestic abuse and signpost to areas of local help and
The three short films have been produced by Linnell
Communications in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council,
Lancashire Police, local substance misuse provider CGL, domestic
abuse specialist support service Changing Lives and other local
The characters depicted in the animations are voiced by local
people from Blackburn with Darwen who felt strongly about sharing
their experiences to urge others in a similar situation to access
the help that is available locally.
They are aimed at those in three key stages of life: the young,
the working/middle aged and older people.
Titled 'Shouting Outside Windows', 'A Big Can of Worms' and
'Getting to be Me' the three short films depict a range of
characters talking about their experiences of domestic abuse, where
alcohol or drugs are sometimes the catalyst.
You can view the animations here:
'A Big Can of Worms'
'Getting to be Me'
Other useful contacts
Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Adults Team
Address: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, King William Street, Blackburn, BB1 7DY
Phone: (01254) 585949. For out of hours emergencies call (01254) 587547 or contact the Police on (01254) 51212 or dial 999.
Local Safeguarding Children's and Adults Board (Blackburn with Darwen)
Address: Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Unit, Lower Ground Floor, Blackburn Town Hall, King William Street, Blackburn, BB1 7DY
Phone: (01254) 585737
Blackburn & Darwen District Without Abuse
Address: The WISH Centre, 43 King St Blackburn BB2 2DH
Phone: 01254 260465 (7 days a week, 9am - 5pm), outside of these hours 0808 2000 247
Action on Elder Abuse
Address: PO Box 60001, Streatham, SW16 9BY
Phone: 080 8808 8141
Fax: 020 8696 9328
Ann Craft Trust (ACTing Against the Abuse of Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities)
Address: Centre for Social Work, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Phone: 0115 9515400
Fax: 0115 9515232
about this service
The important thing is that the abuse stops.