Alongside these options, it is also important to raise your suspicions straight away with a professional who can help. You may worry that they won’t be interested or will think you are fussing about nothing, but it is likely that they will take your concerns seriously and act upon them.
A good starting point is to contact adult social services at the local authority where the person you care for lives. Ask to speak to the adult safeguarding team, which is sometimes known instead as the adult protection team. They will put you in touch with a social worker who deals with abuse and neglect cases.
Where somebody is vulnerable, the Care Act 2014 makes it the local authority’s duty to protect them. That means if they think someone may potentially be being abused or neglected, they are required to conduct an investigation and find out whether they need to take any action.
They might also arrange for an independent advocate to help represent the person you care for’s wishes during this investigation. Take a look at our guide ‘Getting an independent advocate’ for more information about this process.
If you don’t know which local authority the person you care for comes under, you can find out on the GOV.UK website.
If you are unhappy with how the local authority has handled the case, for instance if you think they haven’t investigated it fully or quickly enough, then you can make a complaint. Take a look at our guide ‘Making a complaint about the local authority’.