Who Needs Safeguarding?
Safeguarding in Worcestershire applies to any adult who:
- requires care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
- is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
- as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
Abuse may only happen once or may happen many times over a period of time. Reoccurring cases of poor care might be an indicator of more a serious problem – for example organisational abuse. Whatever the case, it needs to be reported.
Financial Abuse and Doorstep Crime
“Following this link will take you to a short film made by colleagues in Kent to help raise awareness of the impact of what we often call “doorstep crime.” This is where bogus trade’s people target the elderly and the vulnerable in an attempt to make money from them for unnecessary and often poor quality work. This could be gardening, work on drives, roofs or any part of their property.
It is probably unfair to even link these people to honest traders by giving them that title. They are thieves and con-merchants whose sole aim is to milk their victims of as much cash as possible no matter the consequences. They will look out for tell-tale signs that a property houses a vulnerable person, for example hand-rails up to front doors, the front garden being a little untidy. If a person has been a victim of this type of con before, their name may be on one of the lists that this criminal fraternity circulates amongst perpetrators for a fee, often referred to as “suckers lists.” The approach will be friendly a first but this will result in a never ending string of work being done to a property and, when the money runs out, things turn nasty.
Vulnerable people often don’t confide in friends and family when this happens as they feel foolish and may become concerned at the possibility that it might result in the loss of their independence. They can withdraw into themselves, which can of itself have terrible consequences for their physical and mental health.
Some years ago it was estimated at for every doorstep crime incident reported to Trading Standards or the Police, at least 16 others have occurred. At the end, the film provides the telephone numbers of who to contact if you become aware of something going on. Please help us to protect those who most need it, so they can continue to live independent and fulfilling lives.”