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Anyone can experience neglect or abuse – it is no reflection on their intelligence, strength or worth. You don’t have to live with it, there is help available.

Looking out for someone who is being mistreated is everyone’s business. Order a free copy of our guide Staying in control when you're older to know what signs to look for and what to do if you suspect neglect or abuse are happening.  

Neglect and abuse can take many forms. Some examples include: 

  • Someone who looks after your money using it inappropriately
  • Someone ignoring you when you need help
  • Someone giving you the wrong dose of medicine or making you wear too many or too few clothes
  • Someone who leaves you hungry, in pain or cold whether they are doing it deliberately or not.

The advice in this guide applies to England only. A lot of it will still be relevant to you but we have a few suggestions if you are looking for advice that is specific to other parts of the UK.

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