Older people urged to speak up about abuse

A ground-breaking new campaign was launched today (Tuesday 6 August) by the City of Edinburgh Council to encourage older people who are suffering from abuse or neglect to seek help.

Entitled ‘Speak up Speak out’, the initiative is designed to highlight the support that is available to people who are being harmed but are afraid to report it. A series of promotional materials has been produced and distributed throughout the city to encourage people to get in touch if they are being abused themselves or are worried about an older person they know.

A new leaflet has been created outlining some of the different forms of harm that can be stopped by speaking out. They include:  

Financial harm
Physical harm
Psychological or emotional harm
Sexual harm
Negative discrimination

It also emphasises that this could take place anywhere, at home, on the internet or in a care home. The person causing harm could be a relative, spouse, neighbour, carer or stranger, but help is available no matter who it is and all cases are dealt with sensitively.

Health and Wellbeing Convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson, said: “This campaign raises some very important issues and the message is loud and clear – everyone has the right to feel safe and no-one has the right to harm older people.

“Help is available and I would urge anyone who is concerned to speak to the Council or one of our partner organisations such as Police Scotland or NHS Inform. We will take all concerns seriously and work together to make sure that people are safe and protected from harm.”

Anyone who like to report their concerns can contact the following organisations for advice and support:

Social Care Direct
The City of Edinburgh Council’s social work service: 0131 200 2324

Police Scotland
101 or in an emergency call 999

NHS Inform
(for information) 0800 224488

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