Adult safeguarding

Safeguarding Adults

All staff within health services have a responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of patients and colleagues. 

Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental human right of every person and an essential requirement for health and well-being.  Safeguarding adults is about the safety and wellbeing of all patients, but providing additional measures for those least able to protect themselves from harm or abuse.

Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to safeguarding the well-being of adults in receipt of services that it commissions.  As a member of the local Safeguarding Adults Board, Haringey CCG ensures that staff have appropriate policies, procedures, training and access to expert advice to ensure that adults at risk are identified and, where necessary, in receipt of appropriate protection.

Who we safeguard

Some adults may find it difficult to protect themselves from abuse. Adults at risk include people who are vulnerable because of their mental health, physical disability, age or illness. Everybody can help adults with care and support needs to live free from harm, abuse or neglect.

The Care Act 2014 defines an adult as someone over 18 years old who has care and support needs: (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;

  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

Abuse can happen anywhere including in someone’s home or a care home, a day centre or a hospital. Those responsible for abuse can be relatives, friends, neighbours, paid care workers, volunteers, professional staff and strangers. Some adults may be afraid to, or may be unable to tell anyone they are being abused.

Abuse may be a single event or repeated events or, as in the case of neglect, it may be a process going on over time. Abuse may occur as a result of deliberate intent, negligence or ignorance or as a result of a developed poor practice. 

Types of abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence or abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational or institutional abuse
  • Neglect or acts of omission
  • Self-neglect
  • Hate Crime

What should I do if I suspect someone is being abused?

If you suspect that you or an adult you care about may be at risk of abuse or neglect then call:

Contact the Haringey Local Authority First Response Team (Adult Social Services):

  • Telephone: Office Hours 020 8489 1400
  • Telephone: Out of hours: 020 8489 0000
  • SMS: text IAT to 80818
  • Email:

Call the Police

◾ If the danger is not immediate telephone 101

◾ If the danger is immediate, always call the police on 999

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Last updated: 08/04/2019