Gives information that may help if you have experienced abuse.
Health and social care workers are responsible for providing health or social care. This includes: GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, health care assistants, counsellors, therapists and occupational therapists.
All health and social care workers must adhere to certain standards of care, including maintaining professional boundaries and treating people with dignity and respect.
However, we know that sometimes this doesn’t happen and people receive poor quality mental health care. In some cases, this can amount to abuse.
Abuse by a health or social care worker could mean:
If you think you have been abused by a health or social care worker, it’s important to get support and find out what your options are.
You might also find it helpful to:
See also Mind’s campaign page on what to do if you’re a victim of crime.
Regulates and inspects health and social care services in England.
Helps to protect patients and support doctors, and maintains a register of licensed doctors.
Regulates some types of health, psychology and social work professionals.
Helps represent people who use health and social care services in England.
Offer confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. You can find them by searching on NHS UK or asking a doctor or healthcare professional for their details.
This information was published in November 2016.
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