Safeguarding adults and the care act

The Care Act came into force in April 2015 and sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the health and care system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

The act creates a legal framework so key organisations and individuals with responsibilities for adult safeguarding can agree on how they must work together and what roles they must play to keep adults at risk safe. This gives the safeguarding adults board a clear basis in law for the first time.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust services are covered by two Safeguarding Adults Boards

There are many forms of abuse

  • Physical abuse – for example, being hit, slapped or punched.
  • Psychological or emotional abuse – for example, intimidation, threats of harm or controlling behaviour.
  • Sexual abuse – for example indecent exposure, rape, sexual harassment or sexual acts where an adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.
  • Financial or material abuse – for example, misuse of someone‚Äôs money, possessions or property.
  • Domestic abuse can include some or all of the above and also includes so-called honour-based violence.
  • Neglect – for example, not providing necessary food, clothing, shelter or medical care.
  • Self-neglect – for example, someone neglecting their own personal hygiene, health and surroundings.
    Discriminatory abuse – for example, harassment because of race, gender, age, disability, sexuality or religion.
  • Modern slavery – for example, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.
  • Organisational abuse – for example, neglect and poor practice within a setting such as a care home or hospital, or in relation to care provided at home.

How can you report suspect abuse?

You can report very serious abuse and neglect to the police by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

If you are worried or want to talk to someone, contact your local Social Care Services – contact details can be found within the Safeguarding Adults Boards’ websites listed above.