Safeguarding adults at risk

About 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 respected.

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.

What is 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.