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Safeguarding Adults Week encourages different organisations to join forces to highlight important safeguarding issues. This year’s overarching theme is “Creating Safer Cultures.” By promoting safer cultures, we are all working together to adopt proper policies and procedures to allow safeguarding concerns to receive effective responses.

In our final blog for Safeguarding Adults Week 2021, we want to show how safeguarding concerns can be raised at any age and within a variety of settings and how we may be able to assist.

Criminal Injury Compensation Award

Should any of the Safeguarding topics highlighted and discussed this week lead to physical/mental injuries which have been reported to the police, you may be able to receive a compensatory award from the CICA, even where the perpetrator was never caught or convicted.

Injuries include:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Assault
  • The murder of a loved one
  • Domestic abuse
  • Threats of violence causing psychological injury
  • Paying for someone’s funeral
  • Loss of earnings/expenses

Where any of the above leads to a disabling mental injury causing an individual to be unable to continue their day-to-day lives as normal, the claim will need to be supported by psychological evidence. We are able to assist you in making your application and support you throughout the whole process. You can contact our Personal Injury team on 01484 821 500, or submit your claim online.

Elder Abuse

Organisational abuse can include Elder Abuse in care homes, hospitals or within your own home. This may be physical or emotional abuse which occurs within such a care setting by a person who owes a duty of care towards another. Examples include neglect, poor care practices, inappropriate uses of power, lack of privacy and more.

Safeguarding concerns to be aware of include:

  • Strict/inflexible routines
  • Lack of privacy
  • No respect for religion/beliefs
  • Physical symptoms: cuts/bruises/restraint
  • Inability to visit family/friends

These incidents may amount to a breach of duty and therefore give rise to a compensatory claim for Clinical Negligence. At Ramsdens we have a team of solicitors with expertise in Elder Abuse. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position where you have safeguarding concerns regarding the care provided to a loved one, please feel free to contact us today by calling 01484 821 500, or fill out our online enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch at a convenient time for you.