Safeguarding Adults

Why do we need to safeguard adults?

Everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse.

All adults have the right to be protected from harm and exploitation.

Not everyone can protect themselves.

All adults have the right to independence, which may involve risk.

Which adults are at risk?

People aged 18 or over who:

  • May rely on other people or services for care and support with day to day tasks because of their age, physical or learning disability, mental health or need involvement in substance misuse
  • May lack mental capacity
  • May not be able to speak up for themselves
  • May neglect themselves and/or their home

Adults at risk can be:

  • Physically abused
  • Psychologically abused
  • Financially abused
  • Sexually abused
  • Discriminated against
  • Neglected

Abuse can take many forms such as:

  • Shouting or swearing, which makes a person fearful
  • Hitting, slapping or pushing
  • Unwanted touching, kissing or sexual intercourse or sexual contact to which a person cannot consent
  • Not being cared for properly or denied privacy, choice or social contact
  • Money or property taken without permission or under pressure
  • Pressure to sign over money or property or financial transactions to which a person cannot consent
  • Domestic abuse, which includes incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, honour based violence and female genital mutilation
  • Modern Slavery, encompassing human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude


  • Don't tolerate it...
  • Don't ignore it...
  • Report it on 01752 668000