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Adult Abuse

Safeguarding Adults

This page explains what you can do if you are being abused or you suspect somebody else is. It applies to anyone over eighteen and living in Tameside.

Various organisations are working together to help prevent adult abuse in Tameside and are responsible to the Tameside Adults Safeguarding Partnership Board.

Adults may be harmed or taken advantage of by those in a position of power over them. Every adult has a right to:

  • A life free of fear
  • Be treated with dignity
  • Have their choices respected and not be forced to do anything against their will

Who may be at risk of abuse?Hospital

Many adults over the age of 18 rely on other people to help them in their day to day living. This may be due to illness, disability or frailty. They may be at risk from people they know such as a relative, friend, neighbour or paid carer, or, less frequently, by a stranger.

Abuse may occur anywhere including in their own home, in care homes or in day care centres or hospitals.

What do we mean by abuse?

Abuse can take many forms such as:

  • Hitting, slapping or pushing
  • Shouting or swearing which makes the person afraid
  • Unwanted touching, kissing or sexual intercourse
  • Money or property taken without consent or under pressure
  • Not being cared for properly or denied privacy, choice or social contact

Who can Abuse?Thief

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Neighbours
  • Informal carers
  • Paid carers
  • Strangers

Anyone who has power over a vulnerable adult person at a particular point in time.

What can you do if you suspect abuse?

If you know of a worrying situation, please do not ignore it. You can contact the Safeguarding Adults Team on any of the numbers below to report your concerns or for more information. You do not have to give your name and any information you give to us will be treated confidentially. We will always respect the wishes and feelings of the adult at risk.

Safeguarding and Dignity

Little Things Make a Big Difference!

Who can you contact?

You can contact  Adult Services to report abuse and for further advice.

Adult Services, Integrated Urgent Care Team, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne OL6 7SR

Telephone Number 0161 922 4888
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You can also watch a short film which is the British Sign Language version and an audio version is also available.  Alternative formats and can be requested via the safeguarding team.

Office hours are:

Monday - Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm


Should you need somebody to speak to out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Team on 0161 342 2222.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

The Hub
Stockport Road
SK14 6AF
Contact by Telephone
The Gateway
0161 922 4888