Safeguarding adults

If you have concerns that someone you know may be at risk of abuse or is being abused it is very important to let us know. You can find information on how to this on the ‘safeguarding adults – raise a concern page’ -

Access information on how to raise a concern

If you believe a crime is being committed you will need to let the Police know.

A person being abused may not be able to seek help. You may be worried that you are wrong or concerned about what may happen if you seek help. You should still tell us what you think is happening and we will talk through your concerns.

At risk adults

An at risk adult is defined under the Care Act 2014 as a person aged 18 years or over who -

  • has needs for care and support whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs
  • is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of or the experience of abuse or neglect

An adult with care and support needs may be someone who -

  • has a physical or learning disability or a sensory impairment
  • is elderly
  • has mental health needs, such as dementia or a personality disorder
  • misuses substances or alcohol to the extent that it affects their ability to manage day to day living
  • has a long term health condition
  • is providing unpaid care to a family member or friend

What is adult abuse

  • There are many different ways in which people can experience abuse and neglect such as -
  • physical abuse - this includes assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medicines, restraint, or inappropriate physical sanctions
  • sexual abuse - this includes rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking and touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, sexual assault, sexual acts to which the adult has not agreed or was pressured into agreeing to
  • psychological abuse - this includes verbal abuse, emotional abuse, humiliation, cyberbullying, the use of threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, isolation or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or support networks
  • financial abuse - this includes theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to the adults’ financial affairs or arrangements and the misuse of property, benefits or possessions
  • modern slavery – encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude by Traffickers and slave masters using whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment
  • discriminatory abuse - including forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion
  • organisational abuse – including neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home or in relation to care provided in the adults own home. This may range from one off incidents to on-going ill-treatment and can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation
  • neglect and acts of omission - including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support of educational services or the withholding of the necessities of life such as food, medication and heating
  • self neglect - this covers a wide range of behaviour such as neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviour such as hoarding