Safeguarding is about preventing the abuse or neglect of adults at risk and protecting those who have been subjected to abuse or neglect.

Everybody has the right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstance is. Keeping people safe is everyone's business.

Who is an adult at risk?

An adult at risk is someone who needs support with their physical or emotional wellbeing, who as a result may be considered vulnerable. They may need assistance with everyday living tasks. Some examples of this could be requiring assistance with eating, dressing, managing money or going out of the house.

Abuse - would I see it?

Abuse can take many forms such as:

  • physical - Hitting, kicking or using undue restraint
  • psychological - Threats of harm or humiliation, controlling relationships and isolation
  • sexual - Unwanted sexual activity, including touching
  • financial - Theft, fraud or applying pressure around property or wills
  • neglect - Failure to meet the everyday needs of the adult at risk

What should I do?

If you suspect a person is in immediate risk of harm call 999 and speak to the police.