Safeguarding adults

Abuse can affect any vulnerable adult, but particularly someone who is, or may be, unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation, for example:

  • Older people
  • People with mental health problems
  • Disabled people
  • People with learning difficulties
  • People with acquired brain damage
  • People who misuse substances. 

Abuse is a violation of an individual's human and civil rights. It may consist of a single act or repeated acts. It can be physical, verbal or psychological, it may be an act or omission to act, or it may occur when a vulnerable person is persuaded to enter into a financial or sexual transaction to which he or she has not consented, or cannot consent. Abuse can occur in any relationship.

The Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adult’s number is 020 8966 1060.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to provide legal protection for those vulnerable people with a mental disorder and a lack of capacity who are, or may become, deprived of their liberty within a hospital or care home and lack capacity to consent to being there. The safeguards exist to provide a proper legal process and suitable protection in those circumstances where, for a person's best interests, deprivation of liberty is necessary to keep them safe. The forms to apply for and complete assessments can be found here.

Click here to read our Modern Slavery Act and Human Trafficking Statement and Commitment and Domestic Violence / Abuse Policy.

We also have information about the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme.

Find out more about other key legislation, policies and strategies in safeguarding:

Care Act 2014

Mental Capacity Act / DoLS

Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2018

London Multiagency Policy and Procedures - To use in practice