Adult Social Care - Keeping Adults Safe


Adult safeguarding means protecting a person’s rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.  The Care Act requires that each Local Authority must:

  • Make enquiries or cause others to do  so, if it believes an adult is, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect.
  • Set up a Safeguarding Adults Board.
  • Arrange where appropriate for an independent advocate to support an adult who is the subject of a safeguarding enquiry.
  • Co-operate with each of its relevant partners.

The aims of adult safeguarding are:

  • To prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs.
  • To safeguard individuals in a way that supports them in making choices and having control in how they choose to live their lives .
  • To promote an outcomes approach in safeguarding that works for people resulting in the best experience possible.
  • To raise public awareness so that professionals, other staff and communities as a whole play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect.

Definition of an Adult at risk

The Care Act defines an adult at risk as “an adult who has care and support needs and is, or is at risk of being abused or neglected and unable to protect themselves against the abuse or neglect because of those needs”.