Jersey’s Safeguarding Partnership Board is highlighting the signs and risks of Financial Abuse for National Safeguarding Adults Week (21-27 November).
Multiagency safeguarding professionals are providing a week-long series of talks and promotional activities and will be available to answer questions at the Town Library, Broad St, Charing Cross, and Age Concern.
Programme of activities:
- Monday 21st November – 10:00 – 14:00 – Broad Street
- Tuesday 22nd November – 10:00 – 14:00 – Broad Street & 13:00 – 16:00 – Town Library
NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE
- Wednesday 23rd November – 10:00 – 14:00 – Central Market & 10:30 – 12:00 – Age Concern, Val Plaisant
- Friday 25th November – 10:00 – 14:00 – Central Market
Taking or misusing someone else’s money, goods or property is financial abuse, and includes persistent badgering for gifts or inheritance, which can erode confidence and involve veiled threats of abandonment.
Adults at risk of financial abuse are those who are unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation due to learning or physical disabilities, sensory impairment, frailty or mental health problems, and abusers may target people with dementia or cognitive decline.
Financial abuse can be perpetrated by people in a position of trust, including family members and people in professional and voluntary services.
We can all fall victim to scams and need to be scam aware – none of us are exempt!
Sarah Elliott, Pan Island Independent Chair Safeguarding Partnership Boards, said:
“We are looking to promote the rights of all Islanders, to live a life free from abuse – and a well-informed public goes a long way to preventing harm to members of our communities both now and in the longer term. The public can play their part in recognising and reporting abuse. Financial abuse is complex, often with close family members perpetrating the abuse. This can sometimes make the reporting of these matters quite complicated, that’s why we have the expertise of multi-agency partners including the police, social care, community & local services, trading standards and other agencies who are there to help and where required, can access advocacy for people who may have particular difficulties in expressing their views and wishes. It is not just about money or people’s assets, we know because people tell us – how destructive abuse can be to someone’s self-confidence, to their wellbeing, their mental health and their ability to maintain their independence. If our campaign can prevent one case of abuse – that’s an achievement, but our ambitions are of course greater than preventing harm to one person.”
Signs of Financial Abuse
- Unexplained money loss
- Inability to access or check bank accounts
- Changes in standards of living
- Unusual or inappropriate purchases in bank statements
- Isolation and withdrawal from friends and family
If you experience, suspect, or see, any signs of financial abuse, controlling or harmful behaviour, we are here to help. Call us:
- States of Jersey Police – 612612 – States of Jersey Police
- Adult Safeguarding Team (Single Point of Referral) – 444440
- Trading Standards – 448160 – Jersey Trading Standards
- Citizens Advice Jersey – 724942 – Citizens Advice Jersey
For advice and guidance, you can contact the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum at: Fraud Prevention Jersey