Safeguarding: It Affects Us All

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

No child or adult should be made to feel unsafe. Everyone has a right to be safe from harm and abuse. All of us have a role to play in safeguarding.

Types of abuse and neglect

It can be hard to spot the signs of abuse or neglect.

The NHS website has more information about the signs of abuse and neglect in vulnerable adults

You can find out more about signs of abuse in children from the NSPCC.

If you’re worried about an Adult

Most adults in Surrey live safely, free from harm, abuse and neglect. However, some people have care and support needs that make it difficult for them to protect themselves from abuse and neglect. In these circumstances, if they are experiencing, or are at risk of abuse and neglect, then they may need help from others to keep themselves safe.

If you, or an adult you know:

  • needs care and support, either due to frailty or ill health, because of disabilities, or mental health needs, including dementia, and
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect and
  • as a result of their care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect

Then please let us know your concerns or speak to us about what help you need. You can read our Safeguarding Adults policy here.

What to do if you have a concern about an adult or you’re concerned for yourself:

If you suspect a crime is being or has been committed, or a vulnerable person is in immediate danger, call 999 immediately and ask for the police.

Even if you are not sure, but are worried that someone may be at risk of harm or abuse, you should speak to us. Either talk to your Neighbourhood Officer or Independent living Officer or call our customer services team on 01372 379555.

Alternatively call the Surrey Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0300 470 9100

West Sussex County Council 01243 642121 

Kingston Borough Council 020 8547 5005

Or Action on Elder Abuse National Helpline 0800 0699 784