Spot the Signs of Abuse and Speak Out

Is someone you know experiencing abuse or neglect -spot the signs and speak out

Report abuse or concerns about an adult

If you are worried that an adult may be at risk of abuse or harm please contact us by using the anonymous form:

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Report a concern about an adult

For professionals:

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Referral form for professionals

Telephone: 023 8083 3003
Outside of normal office hours: 023 8023 3344

Remember, call 999 if an adult is in immediate danger.

4LSAB Safeguarding Concerns - A Brief Guide for Referrers

Spot the signs of abuse and speak out

The signs of abuse could be:

Financial abuse SHOW


Discrimination SHOW


Physical abuse SHOW


Sexual abuse SHOW


Emotional abuse SHOW


Neglect SHOW


Self-neglect SHOW


Domestic abuse SHOW


When you spot these signs of abuse, there are ways you can speak out. Do not assume someone else will speak out instead of you.

If you are worried that an adult may be at risk of abuse or harm, contact:

Telephone: 023 8083 3003
Outside of normal office hours: 023 8023 3344


What do we mean by abuse or harm?

Every adult deserves the right to live in safety, free from abuse and harm. We call this safeguarding.

The aims of 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, including having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action

The Care Act sets out the responsibilities of professionals to make enquiries when it has reasonable cause to suspect that an adult in its area has:

  • Needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting those needs)
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • As a result of those needs is unable to protect themselves against abuse or neglect and the risks of it

What will happen next?

We are able to take a number of actions, which might include:

  • Listening, helping and supporting the person
  • Working with them to stop the abuse and protect them or others from further harm
  • Supporting the person and their carers through the process
  • If a crime has been committed, we will work with the police
  • Being available to offer support in the future
  • If we cannot help, we will find out who can

All matters will be handled confidentially. However, if the issues concern evidence of a crime or unacceptable risk, this may be shared with the appropriate authorities.


The Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board has created this short video about identifying and reporting abuse concerns:

There are lots of charities and services around Southampton that can help protect adults at risk and you can find them in our directory of support services.