Harm is not always easy to spot but there are situations to be aware of. Above all, trust your instincts – if something feels wrong, say something.
Examples of financial harm:
- gives money to someone for reasons that concern you
- is unclear or confused about where their money has gone
- is stressed about money issues or debt.
Examples of physical harm:
- has cuts, bruises or other marks they can’t properly explain
- tries to hide injuries or refuses to talk about them
- is fearful or withdrawn around certain people or in certain situations.
Examples of psychological harm:
- is persistently having friends or strangers ‘hanging out’ at their house
- is being verbally bullied by others
- appears to be encouraged by others to take part in illegal or socially unacceptable activity.
Examples of sexual harm:
- is being sexually harassed or intimidated
- appears nervous, withdrawn or intimidated in the presence of others
- becomes tearful or upset when their relationship is mentioned.
Examples of neglect:
- is not dressing, washing or eating properly
- is becoming socially isolated
- can no longer look after themselves or their property.