Transference: supporting and safeguarding people with learning disabilities who are vulnerable to exploitation
Transference is a form of ignoring reality by placing one’s wishes on to another person – and service users can be particularly susceptible to this type of encounter
Mr A, a man who has a mild learning disability, had been duped into giving away a large sum of his savings to a person he had never met. He had been told he had won millions in a foreign lottery, but some fees had to be paid before they could release the funds. He paid these fees believing he would receive his winnings a few days later and was told the delays were due to bureaucracy.
No one could convince Mr A that it was not real and that it was a con. In the end his support team had to get the police involved, who told him it was all a hoax....
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