The Aims of Adult Safeguarding

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

The aims of adult safeguarding are to:

  • Stop abuse or neglect wherever possible.

  • Prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs.

  • Safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about how they want to live.

  • Promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adults concerned.

  • Raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect.

  • Provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do to raise a concern about the safety or well-being of an adult.

  • Address what has caused the abuse or neglect.

To achieve these aims it is necessary to:

  • Ensure that everyone, both individuals and organisations, are clear about their roles and responsibilities.

  • Create strong multi-agency partnerships that provide timely and effective prevention of and responses to abuse or neglect.

  • Support the development of a positive learning environment across these partnerships and at all levels within them to help break down cultures that are risk-averse and seek to scapegoat or blame practitioners.

  • Enable access to mainstream community resources such as accessible leisure facilities, safe town centres and community groups that can reduce the social and physical isolation which in itself may increase the risk of abuse or neglect.

  • Clarify how responses to safeguarding concerns deriving from the poor quality and inadequacy of service provision, including patient safety in the health sector, should be responded to.

Contacts

You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.

When should I use 101?

Use 101 to report crimes and concerns such as:

  • Your car has been stolen
  • Your property has been damaged
  • You suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood

Or to:

  • Give the police information about crime in your area
  • Speak to the police about a general enquiry

You should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.