What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding adults is about stopping or preventing abuse or neglect of adults with care and support needs. Adults with care and support needs are age 18 and over and may:

  • have a learning disability
  • have a mental health need or dementia or a personality disorder
  • have a long or short term illness
  • have an addiction to a substance or alcohol; or
  • be elderly and frail due to ill health, disability or ill mental health

Definition of Safeguarding as written in the Care Act 2014:

“Adult safeguarding” is working with adults with care and support needs to keep them safe from abuse or neglect. It is an important part of what many public services do, and a key responsibility of local authorities.

Safeguarding is aimed at people with care and support needs who may be in vulnerable circumstances and at risk of abuse or neglect. In these cases, local services must work together to spot those at risk and take steps to protect them.

Below are links for further information on safeguarding adults from the Care Quality Commission and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE):

Care Quality Commission – Safeguarding People

SCIE  – Safeguarding Adults