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About Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding adults is about protecting those at risk of harm. It involves identifying abuse and acting whenever someone is being harmed. The Department of Health defines a vulnerable adult as a person aged 18 years or over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation. Safeguarding is everybody’s business.

An adult at risk is an adult who:

  • needs care and support, whether or not the council provides it is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • can’t protect themselves from abuse or neglect because of their care and support needs

The Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership - Adults (KBSP) is a statutory partnership of all the organisations working to safeguard adults at risk in the city. The multi-agency policies help people to report, investigate and stop abuse, supported by Adult Care Team Managers.

An adult at risk is an adult who:

  • needs care and support, whether or not the council provides it
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • can’t protect themselves from abuse or neglect because of their care and support needs

Abuse is when anyone violates someone else’s human and civil rights. Abuse doesn’t have to be done on purpose; the most important thing is whether the adult at risk has been harmed. Abuse can be:

  • physical: any form of assault, over-medication, unnecessary restraint or bad manual handling
  • sexual: rape or any sexual act that the victim didn’t consent to or couldn’t understand
  • psychological or emotional: threats, intimidation, coercion, harassment or bullying
  • financial: theft, borrowing money and not repaying it, and any pressure about wills, property, possessions or benefits
  • neglect: ignoring medical or physical needs, not providing access to care, withholding essentials such as medication, food, water and heating
  • discriminatory: all forms of harassment based on a disability, ethnicity, gender or sexuality
  • institutional: repeated poor care and treatment of vulnerable adults, and unsatisfactory professional practice
  • modern slavery: slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude
  • self-neglect: not caring for personal hygiene, health or surroundings, including behaviour like hoarding which puts the person, or others, at risk

If you’re concerned that an adult with care and support needs in Bristol at risk of being abused or neglected contact Care Direct on 0117 922 2700 or submit a safeguarding referral through the online form

Support Services

Well Aware is a local directory of health and wellbeing services, support organisations, activities and groups. Other organisations that can offer support to adults at risk include:

Carers organisations include:

 

Information and resources

Safe City

Keeping Adults Safe has produced an information leaflet and poster as part of the ongoing campaign to stop adult abuse.

Download the poster

Download the leaflet

Self-neglect leaflet

Keeping Adults Safe has produced a useful leaflet that provides information around self-neglect and what to look out for.

Download the leaflet

Information about Mate Crime

See the below links that contain information about Mate Crime. Mate Crime is a type of abuse where people exploit friendships with vulnerable adults.

KBSP Mate Crime Leaflet

Friend or Fake

Getting Away With Murder

In 2018 the KBSP published a Thematic Mate Crime Review into the prevalence of Mate Crime in Bristol. You can read the full report here.

Bristol Hate Crime & Discrimination Services (BHC&DS) Information Sheet

BHC&D is a collaboration of charities with SARI as the administrative lead and jointly deliver the local Hate Crime and Discrimination Services. An Information leaflet has been produced to explain who are the partners, the services they offer and contact details.

Download the leaflet

PREVENT

Building the Bridge is the organisation that works to keep Bristol communities safe against radicalisation and extremism. This leaflet lets you know what help and information is available if you have concerns that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Keeping Bristol communities safe from radicalisation