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Day 2 of Adult Safeguarding Week: Self-neglect awareness

Published: Tuesday, 19 November 2019

National Safeguarding Adults Week, developed by the Ann Craft Trust aims to create a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults - so we can be better, together.

Each day of Adult Safeguarding Week covers a different safeguarding topic. Day 2 focusses on Self-neglect.

Self-neglect is any failure of an adult to take care of themselves which causes, or is reasonably likely to cause, serious physical, mental or emotional harm or substantial damage to financial security or a loss of assets. 

Signs of self-neglect can include:

  • very poor personal hygiene;
  • unkempt appearance;
  • lack of essential food, clothing or shelter;
  • malnutrition and/or dehydration;
  • living in squalid or unsanitary conditions;
  • neglecting household maintenance;
  • hoarding;
  • collecting a large number of animals in inappropriate conditions;
  • non-compliance with health or care services; and
  • inability or unwillingness to take medication to treat illness or injury.

Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership (TWSP) have created a briefing note to highlight the key points, signs of self-neglect and how to access support. A copy of the briefing note can be downloaded here.

If you are a practitioner, did you know that TWSP has a policy and procedure, and Clutter Image Rating Tool specifically for work involving hoarding? They can be downloaded and used as a part of your work.

If you or someone you know currently is or is at risk of self-neglect, please contact Telford & Wrekin Council's Family Connect Team. Their contact details are:

  • Telephone 01952 385385 from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday; or
  • Telephone 01952 676500 after 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 24 hours at a weekend

If it is an emergency or there is immediate danger, always ring 999.