The Lincolnshire adult protection section* aims to provide information about what is meant by a vulnerable adult, what is meant by abuse and what measures are in place to help prevent it.
Various organisations in Lincolnshire have joined forces to produce multi-agency policy and procedures for adult protection. These aim to ensure that the relevant agencies and services work together to prevent vulnerable adults from being abused and to help and support vulnerable adults who have been the victim of abuse.
The policy and procedures are overseen by the Lincolnshire adult protection committee, which was set up in February 2001 in response to government recommendations contained in guidance entitled 'No Secrets.'
Moira Potter, county manager for older people's services, said: 'Abuse of vulnerable people can take many forms, including physical harm, emotional or financial abuse and neglect, and abusers can be relatives, friends, neighbours or paid or voluntary carers. Everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse. The new policy and procedures work to ensure that there is a consistent and effective response to any concerns, allegations or disclosures of abuse.
'We hope that people will visit the new web pages and find them useful - and let us have any suggestions for inclusion or improving the site'.
* The web pages can be accessed here. People without internet access will shortly be able to view the LAPC policy and procedures at any of the county's 47 libraries.