If you are looking after someone you have the right to feel safe.
If you are worried that the person who you look after may harm you, or that you may harm them, getting support early can help keep you safe.
Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board Norfolk County Council and Voluntary Norfolk have worked together to put together information specifically for unpaid carers. This has included getting listening to the views and experiences of unpaid carers.
Getting help does not mean you have not been looking after someone well, or that you do not care about them. You will be listened to and supported in your caring role as little or as much as you wish.
Examples of what might make you feel less safe include:
- Someone is verbally or physically aggressive to you.
- Unwanted sexual behaviour.
- Controlling behaviour such as criticising you, isolating you from friends or family, or controlling what happens in the home.
- You are worried someone might hurt you on purpose or by accident.
- The person you care for refusing to accept anyone’s help but yours.
- You are worried you might harm the person you look after.
- You feel pressured into doing more than you are able or want to.
This includes information on who you can contact in different situations.