All adults aged 18 years and over should be able to live free from fear and harm and have their rights and choices respected.
Some adults are less able to protect themselves than others, and some have difficulty making their wishes and feelings known. This may make them vulnerable to abuse.
Safeguarding adults refers to the protection of an “adult at risk” from abuse or neglect.
An “adult at risk” is an adult who
- is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect,
has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs),and
- as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.
If you suspect a person is at immediate risk of harm call 999 and speak to the Police.
If you have been or still are the victim of abuse, or you know someone who you think is being abused, contact your local authority – contact details are listed on the website.
A safeguarding referral form can be found here:
Everybody has the right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances – Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business
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