An adult at risk is someone who is 18 years of age or over who:
- Is experiencing or is at risk of abuse or neglect;
- Has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs,) and
- As a result of those needs, is unable to protect him/herself against the abuse or neglect
Concerned about an adult at risk?
Tell us as soon as possible if you’re concerned that an adult may be at risk. You can do this by completing the online report form.
Make an adult at risk report
You may have made a report regarding someone suspected of being an adult at risk yourself, or been reported because of something that has happened to you which could be considered abuse or neglect.
Our Adult Safeguarding Team (AST) have a duty to consider all reports received and where required, address the situation under the Adult Safeguarding Policy.
What do you mean by adult abuse?
People can be abused in lots of different ways:
- Physical - such as slapping or hitting
- Emotional- such as intimidation, preventing visitors, threats or being deliberately ignored
- Financial - such as stealing someone's money or spending it on the wrong things, putting pressure on someone to make changes to a will or spending their money against their wishes
- Sexual - such as forcing someone into an unwanted sexual activity or touching inappropriately
- Neglect - such as not caring for someone properly, not providing adequate food or putting them at risk
The abuser can be anyone, including someone in a position of trust such as a relative, friend, paid worker or volunteer.
Adult Protection Complaints
Any complaints received which involve an open Adult Safeguarding referral, will be considered under the Adult Safeguarding Procedure and not the Social Services Complaints Procedure. If this occurs, you will be informed by our Social Care Department and provided with information on what this process entails.