What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

The safeguarding duty under the Care Act 2014 applies to any adult who:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the Local Authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • 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.
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Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business.

We all have a responsibility to help prevent abuse and to act quickly.

Please click on the essential links below to learn more about:

  • How to recognise the types and indicators of abuse
  • How to report a concern
  • Making Safeguarding Personal
  • The work of the Safeguarding Adults Executive Board

Essential Links

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The Safeguarding Adults Executive Board

We have a mix of statutory partner membership and other members who…

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Types of Abuse

Abuse may take the form of a single or series of acts, large or small, whose impact…

Safeguarding review information leaflets

Safeguarding Adults Reviews

The Care Act 2014 sets out that SABs have a statutory…

Annual Reports

Find recent Safeguarding Adults Executive Board annual reports.