All adults, referring to any person over the age of 18, have the right to be protected from abuse and poor practice.
The Care Act 2014 defines safeguarding adults as protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
It's about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, whilst also making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is prioritised.
How you deal with concerns will depend on the adult and the issue. Some concerns may need an immediate response from the emergency services. Some issues may require you to signpost people to services in their area such as a charity.
Others may need a referral to the local Safeguarding Adults team. You can find their details on the page of your Local Safeguarding Adults Board.
You may have heard the term ‘Adults at Risk’, which is the criteria that Local Authority Safeguarding Adults teams use.
It refers specifically to an adult who has a care and support need, who is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect and may need help with keeping themselves safe.
More information about adults at risk can be found at the link below.