Safeguarding adults at risk
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
If you suspect someone you know is at risk of being abused or neglected, don’t ignore it, get in contact with professionals who can help break the cycle.
The person causing the abuse can be known to the person abused. They can often be in a position of trust. For example: spouses/partners; other family members; neighbours; friends; acquaintances; paid staff or professionals and volunteers; local residents; people who deliberately exploit adults they perceive as vulnerable to abuse; or strangers.
Abuse could be a one-off incident or happen repeatedly over a period of time.
You are more at risk if:
I think I am being abused - what can I do?
Tell someone you trust as soon as possible. Help and support is available.
Speak to friends or careworkers, who may have an understanding of the situation and be able to take steps quickly to improve your situation.
You can also talk to trusted professionals such as your local GP or social worker, or contact Bradford Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team on 01274 431077.
You can report abuse online at www.bradford.gov.uk/makeanalert
Advocacy services can help support you.
Advocacy services will listen to you and help you to:
Information on Advocacy Services available in Bradford can be found at www.bradford.gov.uk/adult-social-care/living-independently/advocacy/.
What is abuse?
Abuse is treating someone in a way that harms, hurts or exploits them. Abuse can take many forms. It can range from treating someone disrespectfully in a way that significantly undermines their worth and affects their quality of life, to causing physical pain and suffering. It includes harm, exploitation and neglect and is not always easy to identify. Below is a list of several types of abuse.
Who is an adult at risk?
Aged 18 years or over:
An adult at risk may therefore be a person who, for example:
Unpaid carers such as partners, relatives or friends can also get help if they are being abused.
For emergencies: 999.
For advice or non-emergencies dial: 101.
Textphone: 18001 101.
If you think an adult is at risk of abuse or you are worried that someone might be being abused raise your concern at:
If you are unable to complete the online form, contact the Adult Protection Unit on
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Friday: 8.30am to 4pm.
Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team
Tel: 01274 431010 (outside office hours).