The Care Act 2014 defines safeguarding as:  ‘protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect’
The aims of adult safeguarding as set out in The Care Act 2014 are to:

• Stop abuse or neglect wherever possible

• Prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs

• Safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about the way they want to live

• Promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adults concerned

• Raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect

• Provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do to raise a concern about the safety or wellbeing of an adult

• Address what has caused the abuse or neglect