Safeguarding Adults

NHS and Other Health Services

- Your Responsibilities
- Categories of Abuse
- Role as Alerter
- Information Sharing
- Mental Capacity Act
- Assessing Capacity Chart
- Deprivation of Liberty
- Capacity and Consent

Safeguarding Adults Policy

Safeguarding Adults Protocol for Practices

Training Strategy

What We Do

How to Contact Us

  • DCC Safeguarding Annual Report 2013

Safeguarding adults is about the safety and well-being of all patients but providing additional measures for those least able to protect themselves from harm or abuse.

The abuse may be:

- Physical - including hitting, slapping and punching
- Sexual - including rape and other acts to which consent was not given
- Emotional/psychological - including threats and humiliation
- Financial - including theft and deception and withholding what belongs to another
- Neglect - including being left without food, heating or personal care
- Discriminatory (including hate crime) - this can include being treated unfairly because of gender, race, culture, background, age, disability, sexuality or illness

The person abusing someone you know may be:

- A member of the family, a friend or neighbour e.g. domestic abuse
- A paid or volunteer carer who could be employed by the victim
- A professional
- Someone else receiving care
- Someone not known to the victim.

Certain situations make people more at risk of abuse and neglect:

- People living with domestic abuse
- People who have carers under stress
- People who abuse drugs and alcohol
- People living in unsafe communities
- People subject to unauthorised deprivation of liberty.

Some adults may need extra help to stop abuse because:

- They are an adult with a learning or physical disability
- They are frail because of their age or illness
- They have mental ill health.

Safeguarding adults is a fundamental part of patient safety and wellbeing and the outcomes expected of the NHS.

Safeguarding adults is also integral to complying with legislation, regulations and delivering cost effective care.

NHS Derby City and Derbyshire County Cluster have adult safeguarding staff to support the 4 CCG’s, health providers and independent health providers. Working closely with the SHA and CQC to ensure Derby City and Derbyshire provide excellent healthcare to its population in a safe environment with dignity.