Local authorities have safeguarding duties which will apply to an adult who:

  • 1. Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority are meeting those needs)
  • 2. Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • 3. As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse and neglect

    An ‘adult with care and support needs’ could possibly be someone who:
  • Is elderly and frail due to ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment
  • has a learning disability
  • Has a physical disability and/or sensory impairment
  • Has a mental health needs including Dementia
  • Has a long-term illness/condition
  • Misuses substances or alcohol