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Adult Protection

What is abuse?

Abuse is something that is done to another person, without their full understanding or consent that harms them in some way.

Anyone can be an abuser – abuse can happen anywhere.

It can include one or more of the following:

1. Physical abuse
2. Financial abuse
3. Sexual abuse
4. Emotional / psychological abuse
5. Neglect

Who are vulnerable adults?

  • older people who are dependent on the help of others
  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with physical or sensory impairment
  • people who suffer domestic violence
  • people who have problems with alcohol or drugs
  • people with mental health problems

What you should do?

Adult Abuse - What to do about it? (download 132k)

If the person is in immediate danger, for example of a serious assault, you should telephone the Police on 999.

If not in immediate danger phone 01437 764551 and ask for the Adult Protection Team. Monday to Friday during office hours.

If you need to call social care out of hours please phone 08708 509508 or the Police on 03003 332222.

Protection of Vulnerable Adults from Abuse Annual Report 2012 -2013 (download 1612k)


Karen Panter
Manager Intergrated Adult Safeguarding Team
County Hall
SA61 1TP 

Tel: 01437 776056 / 01437 776071

ID: 14230 Revised: 8/9/2017