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
Remember, call 999 if an adult is in immediate danger.
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 on the Protecting Adults at Risk section on Southampton Information Directory.