Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
The law (The Care Act 2014) says that adults must be safeguarded if they:
- have care and support needs (whether or not the council is helping with those needs)
- they are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
- they can’t protect themselves from either the risk, or the experience, of abuse or neglect, because of their care and support needs
When someone tells us they’re worried that an adult is at risk of abuse or neglect, we call this a ‘safeguarding concern’.