Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.
Adults at risk (of abuse and neglect)
The Care Act (2014) identifies an adult at risk as being:
‘A person who has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs), and as a result of those needs, the person is unable to protect him/herself against abuse, neglect, exploitation or the risk of it.’
What is abuse?
Abuse is treatment by any other person or people that violates someone else's human and civil rights. Abuse can vary from treating someone with disrespect in a way that significantly affects their quality of life, to causing actual physical suffering.
Abuse can happen anywhere. It could take place in a residential or nursing home, in a hospital, in the workplace, at a day centre or educational establishment, in supported housing or in the street.
Types of abuse:
• Physical abuse
• Domestic Violence or abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Psychological or emotional abuse
• Financial or material abuse
• Modern Slavery
• Neglect or acts of omission
• Self Neglect
• Discriminatory abuse
• Organisational and institutional abuse
How do I report abuse?
If you, or somebody you know, is being mistreated or abused, you can use these contact details.
Useful links for Safeguarding Adults