Safeguarding adults

Safeguarding adults is defined within the Care Act (2014) as protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted. This includes, where appropriate, taking account of their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.

Adult safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse and neglect
  • As a result of their care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from the risk or experience of abuse and neglect

Types of adult abuse

  • Physical Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Discriminatory Behaviour
  • Organisational Abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission
  • Self Neglect
  • Modern Slavery

The following six key principles underpin all adult safeguarding work:

  1. Empowerment: people being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent
  2. Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs
  3. Proportionality: the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  4. Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need
  5. Partnership: local solutions through services working with their communities – communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
  6. Accountability: accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice

MHCC safeguarding adults contacts 

Designated Nurses for Adult Safeguarding:
Sarah Kahill
Louise Honour

Specialist Health Practitioner:
Katy Endean