Safeguarding Adults

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all adults at risk in our care. We expect our employees to share this commitment.


Everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse, but not everyone can protect themselves.

Who do adult safeguarding duties apply to?

Under the Care Act 2014 adult safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, neglect or abuse
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of neglect or abuse.

The categories of abuse defined in the Care Act are as follows:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual violence
  • Psychological abuse
  • Self-neglect
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery

Modern Slavery Awareness video from NHS England

Link to Modern Slavery Act 2015

  • Discrimatory abuse
  • Organisational abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission

Things that may increase adults risk of neglect or abuse

Some adults might be more at risk of neglect or abuse than others. The following things could increase the risk of neglect or abuse:

  • physical
  • disability
  • learning
  • disability
  • sight or
  • hearing loss
  • mental
  • health
  • problems
  • severe illness
  • dementia or confusion
  • old age
  • frailty

Also people who depend on others to look after them may not be able to stop someone else from hurting them or taking advantage of them.

Neglect and abuse can happen in many different places:

  • someone’s own home
  • a care home
  • a hospital
  • a day centre
  • a public place.
  • Anyone could be an abuser and it is often someone who is known and trusted. It might be:
  • a family member or partner
  • a neighbour
  • a health or social care worker
  • another professional worker, for example a financial advisor or solicitor
  • a volunteer worker
  • a friend
  • a service user


If you’re an adult experiencing abuse or neglect, or if you’re concerned about an adult possibly experiencing abuse or neglect, contact us on 0300 1234 131 (out of hours number 01208 251300) or email

The link below is for Cornwall Council Safeguarding Adults

Contact Information

If you have concerns about adult abuse please contact:
Adult Care and Support on 01872 326433 (Mon-Fri, 8.45 – 5.15pm)