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What action should you take when a potential case of abuse is disclosed.  Ensure the immediate safety of the casualty, i.e. in the event of an injury appropriate healthcare should be arranged.

•   Inform police immediately where it appears that there may have been a criminal offence.
•   Ensure that any evidence of abuse is kept safe and free from contamination.
•   Contact appointed safeguarding officer.
•   Report in accordance with the agency’s policy and procedures.
•   Record all the details of the concerns clearly and factually as soon as possible after disclosure.
•   Physical injuries should be recorded on a Patient Report Form.
•   Action to be taken when a potential case of abuse is disclosed
•   Never promise confidentiality.
•   Explain you have a duty to report.
•   Listen
•   Ask no questions