What is safeguarding adults?

Safeguarding adults refers to the multi-agency procedures for protecting adults at risk from abuse or neglect.

If the person you are concerned about is over the age of 18 years of age, they have care and support needs, and you feel they are being abused or at risk of abuse from another person, you can seek help for them using the phone numbers below.

Wherever possible involve the person at risk in decisions about reporting a safeguarding concern.

Sometimes this may not be possible and sometimes you may need to act in their 'best interests' because they do not have the mental capacity to decide this for themselves. There are also occasions when you may need to report the concern without their permission, for example, it is in their vital interests, or other people are also at risk, or the person is unable to consent because of coercion or duress.

Dealing with allegations or concerns about abuse can be very difficult and distressing for everyone involved. Deciding what the right thing to do is can be stressful, particularly if the person you are concerned about is reluctant to accept support. If you are not sure what to do you can always seek advice.

How to report a safeguarding adults concern

Report abuse or seek advice

Contact Adult Social Care: 0113 222 4401

Out of hours: 0113 378 0644

Further information can also be found on the Adult Social Care website here


Inform the Police

In an emergency, contact the police: 999

If the person is not in danger now, contact the police: 101