Safeguarding adults at risk
All adults aged 18 years and over should be able to live free
from fear and harm and have their rights and choices
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.
Abuse may be:
- Physical or sexual
- Involve people taking money without permission
- Not looking after someone properly
- Bullying or humiliating
- Not allowing contact with friends and family
Abuse can be the result of a single act or may continue over
months or years, abuse can be accidental, or a deliberate act. The
result on the victim is the same.
What do I do if I suspect abuse is happening?
You may be concerned about adult abuse because someone has told
you something. You may have seen or heard something that makes you
feel uncomfortable or uneasy about the care of an adult.
We have a responsibility to take your concerns seriously; they
will listen to you and help to stop the abuse. If you suspect
someone is being abused.
or call us on 0844 264 0867.
You will be asked for basic information about the person you are
concerned about and what you have been told, heard, seen or
suspect. You will be asked to give your name so that you can be
kept informed. Your name will not be shared without your
Who abuses adults?
Anyone can be an abuser – relatives, partners, people paid to
provide care and services, volunteers, neighbours, friends or
Most abusers are people close to the adult, who are loved and
trusted by them. However some people will deliberately abuse adults
they see as an easy target.
Where does abuse take place?
Abuse can occur anywhere: people can be abused at home, in
care/nursing homes, day centres, or any place the adult should be
Who else can help?
You can also contact the police or out of hours Social
Greater Manchester Police 0161 872 5050
Emergency Social Work Team (Out of Hours) 0845 121 2975
You could share your concerns with a doctor, nurse or health
worker, housing officer; advice centre (CAB) and ask them to
contact Social Services for you.
Nationally the Care Quality Commission monitors the quality of
care provided by Nursing and Residential Homes.
Adult Care Service
Initial Access Team
Tel: 0844 264 0867