Safeguarding adults

What is Safeguarding

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.

Organisations should always promote the adult’s wellbeing in their safeguarding arrangements. People have complex lives and being safe is only one of the things they want for themselves. Professionals should work with the adult to establish what being safe means to them and how that can be best achieved. Professionals and other staff should not be advocating ‘safety’ measures that do not take account of individual well-being.

How to Report Adult Abuse

If you are being abused, or you suspect that someone you know may be the victim of abuse, then contact Gateway to Care as soon as possible. Calderdale Council and its partner agencies take the protection of vulnerable adults very seriously, and will investigate your concerns. Gateway to Care will ensure that any information is passed onto the appropriate team within Adults, Health and Social Care.

Other useful links

Safeguarding Matters|External link
This site provides a listing of national charities and regulators supporting vulnerable adults.

Action on Elder Abuse|External link
Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults.

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Last Updated: 19/09/2016