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What is safeguarding?

The Care Act statutory guidance defines adult safeguarding as: 

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.’ 

There are several types of abuse: 

  • Physical  
  • Domestic abuse 
  • Sexual  
  • Psychological  
  • Financial or Material 
  • Neglect  
  • Self-Neglect  
  • Modern Slavery  
  • Discriminatory  
  • Organisational  

Further details about these abuse types can be found on our safeguarding adults page.  

Where an adult appears to have care and support needs (whether or not the local council is meeting any of those needs) and may be at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect, the council will work with the person and make further enquiries to see how they can help. 

For more information on Camden’s approach to safeguarding, you can watch the below video:

Or the British Sign Language version below:


If you think someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away. If it is not urgent, call 101.   

To contact Adult Social Care, please

Phone: 020 7974 4000


If you are worried about the welfare of a child or young person, please

Phone: the Contact Service on 0207 974 3317 (9am to 5pm) or 0207 974 4444 (option 1) – outside office hours, weekends or bank holidays)


More information is on the Children & Families Contact Service website

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