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Within the realm of adult protection the definition of a vulnerable adult in the Department of Health and Home Office No Secrets (2000) policy refers to an adult including those with learning disabilities aged 18 years or over who is or maybe in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability age or illness; and is or may be unable to protect him/herself against significant harm or serious exploitation which may be occasioned by actions or inactions of other people’ (DoH/HO, 2000). However, for those with learning disabilities who experience abuse, this definition locates the cause of the abuse on the condition and not what is done by the perpetrators. Increasingly, the term ‘safeguarding adults’ is being used to replace that ...

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