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Safeguarding vulnerable adults

 “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 and 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”

Care Act Statutory Guidance, October 2014 Chapter 14 (external website)

In Buckinghamshire the coordinating role for safeguarding vulnerable adults rests with Buckinghamshire Council, within the Adult Social Care service. 

However, all agencies working with vulnerable adults have an essential role in recognising when vulnerable adults may be in need of protection.

The Council is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all adults in need of care and support. We recognise our responsibilities to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect adults from harm, abuse and exploitation.

Abuse can take several forms:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Neglect
  • Discrimination

The responsibility for the protection of vulnerable people rests with all of us and if you know or suspect that a vulnerable adult (18 years or over) may be suffering from abuse of any form, you should report your concerns immediately, so that action may be taken.

Thames Valley Police: If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 999. Alternatively contact your local police on 101.

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) (external website) is a group of statutory, private, voluntary and independent organisations across Buckinghamshire, who work together to empower and protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Careline is available to anyone who has any suspicions about someone they know or something they have seen. If you or someone you know is being mistreated or abused, please call BSAB’s Careline on 0800 137915