Safeguarding adults

Safeguarding adults is about protecting those at risk of harm from suffering abuse or neglect. Abuse and neglect can occur anywhere. It can occur in your own home or a public place, while you are in hospital or in a college or care home. You may be living alone or with others. The person causing the harm may be a stranger to you, but more often than not the person is known.

There are many forms of abuse and neglect, including:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission
  • Self-neglect
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational abuse


It is abuse whether or not it is intentional.


An adult at risk may be a person who:

  • Has care and support needs, and
  • Has experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
  • Is unable to protect themselves because of their care and support needs


An adult with care and support needs may be:

  • An older person
  • A person with a physical disability, a learning difficulty or a sensory impairment
  • Someone with mental health needs, including dementia or a personality disorder
  • A person with a long-term health condition
  • Someone who misuses substances or alcohol to the extent that it affects their ability to manage day-to-day living


For further information please go to the Adult Safeguarding section on Camden Council's website.

If you are concerned about someone then report it by calling the Access and Response team on 020 7974 4000 (option 1)

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