What is abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect

Mistreating someone who is vulnerable is known as 'abuse'.

Failing to look after a vulnerable person in your care is known as 'neglect'.

Both abuse and neglect of vulnerable people is never acceptable.

People are often more vulnerable as:

       • They get older
       • Because they have a mental health problem
       • Due to a disability
       • Due to a sensory impairment
       • If they have some form of illness

How to report a concern