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Campaign launched to target financial abuse of vulnerable adults

A citywide campaign has been launched to raise awareness of financial abuse of vulnerable adults in Birmingham and to urge people to report suspicions.

The Suspect it? Report It campaign is co-ordinated by Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) and is designed to raise awareness of the different types of financial abuse and encourage anyone who may be concerned about the financial abuse of an adult at risk to report their suspicions.

The six-week campaign - the latest in the BSAB's annual eyes and ears series - will see posters and flyers distributed to hospitals, GP surgeries, libraries and other public buildings. There will also be adverts displayed on buses, trains and in roadside locations.

A series of local radio adverts - voiced by veteran actor Geoffrey Palmer - will also be broadcast during the campaign.

What is financial abuse?
Financial abuse is the term used to describe harming someone by taking or defrauding them of their money, goods or property.  It can include pressurising people to hand over benefits, sign over deeds to their home or to make changes to their will.

Financial abuse can happen anywhere and at any time, and affects people from all types of backgrounds.  It can happen in a person’s home, care home, day centre, hospital or in a public place.

The campaign aims to give greater protection to anyone aged 18 or over who may be at risk because they are unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation due to learning or physical disabilities, sensory impairment, frailty or mental health problems.
 

BSAB chair Alan Lotinga said: “We’re asking members of the public to be our 'eyes and ears' and to report any concerns that they may have about the financial abuse of vulnerable adults.

“It’s important that we ensure that adults at risk are protected from people who might abuse their goodwill or take advantage of their situation."

If you have concerns about an 'at risk' adult, please give the Adults and Communities Access Point (ACAP) a call in confidence on 0121 303 1234 and select option one for safeguarding.

Click here for further information about the Suspect It? Report It campaign. 

 

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