Safeguarding Adults

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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.

Adult Safeguarding is everyone's business

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:

  1. Physical abuse
  2. Domestic abuse
  3. Sexual violence
  4. Psychological abuse
  5. Self-neglect
  6. Financial or material abuse
  7. Modern slavery
  8. Discriminatory abuse
  9. Organisational abuse
  10. Neglect and acts of omission

Things that may increase an adult 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

Contact Information

For concerns about an adult who you think may be at risk of abuse or neglect please contact their care team or local Adult Social Care Services:

Adult Safeguarding Triage Team on 01872 326433 (Mon-Fri, 8.45 – 5.15pm)


If you are concerned that a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm contact the Police on 999.

Links to additional information

Cornwall Council Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding Adults Board

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board - Home page (