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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Organisational abuse

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Definition or reference in Statutory Guidance
Care and Support Statutory Guidance

Care and Support Statutory Guidance 14.17 Organisational abuse Including neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, for example, or in relation to care provided in one's own home. This may range from one off incidents to on-going ill-treatment. It can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation.

Data descriptor
ASC Collections Data Dictionary (Beta v1.3)

Includes poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting like a hospital or care home. This may range from isolated incidents to continuing ill-treatment.


Types of organisational or institutional abuse Discouraging visits or the involvement of relatives or friends Run-down or overcrowded establishment Authoritarian management or rigid regimes Lack of leadership and supervision Insufficient staff or high turnover resulting in poor quality care Abusive and disrespectful attitudes towards people using the service Inappropriate use of restraints Lack of respect for dignity and privacy Failure to manage residents with abusive behaviour Not providing adequate food and drink, or assistance with eating Not offering choice or promoting independence Misuse of medication Failure to provide care with dentures, spectacles or hearing aids Not taking account of individuals' cultural, religious or ethnic needs Failure to respond to abuse appropriately Interference with personal correspondence or communication Failure to respond to complaints

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