Financial Abuse includes:

  • having money or other property stolen,
  • being defrauded,
  • being put under pressure in relation to money or other property, or
  • having money or other property misused.

It is essential to remember that it is normally presumed that a person has the capacity to make their own decisions -so they must always be at the heart of any action.

Where a person lacks capacity then raising a concern means action can be taken to prevent further abuse

However in all cases reporting a concern means that all the relevant help, information and support can be provided

Reporting a concern

Here are the different types of concern and the ways in which you can raise them

Concern: An Adult at risk has been financially abused and the abuse is a crime. The 'victim' has capacity and wants to report to the police.

Action: Report to the police by ringing 101 - The non emergency police number

 

Concern: An Adult at risk might have been financially abused - and there is reason to believe they may NOT have capacity.

Action: Report as a Safeguarding Adults Concern. The Safeguarding Adults Team will liaise with the Councils Financial Safeguarding Team

 

Concern: The Appointee of an Adult at risk might be financially abusing the individual

Action: Report as a Safeguarding Adults Concern. The Safeguarding Adults Team will liaise with DWP, and liaise with the Councils Financial Safeguarding Team

 

Concern: An attorney acting under a registered Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney, or a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection is financially abusing an Adult at risk.

Action: Report as a Safeguarding Adults Concern. The Safeguarding Adults Team will report to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and liaise the Councils Financial Safeguarding Team

 

Concern: An Adult at risk has been financially abused by the manager and or owner of a CQC Regulated Service.

Action Report as a Safeguarding Adults Concern Report a safeguarding concern and also to Care Quality Commission on 03000 616161.

 

Concern: An Adult at risk has been the victim of a bogus caller/ distraction burglar.

Action: Report to police on 101 - The non emergency police number and report a safeguarding concern

 

Concern: An Adult at risk has been the victim of a scam. 

Action: Report to Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline-Telephone: 03454 04 05 06

Report a safeguarding concern

Find out further information about Office of the Public Guardian

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