Safeguarding adults

Safeguarding adults

Everyone has a responsibility to report abuse or suspected abuse for adults at risk and to adopt and implement the legislation set out in the Care Act (2014).
An adult at risk is a person aged 18 years or over “who has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting 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.” (Care Act 2014. Para. 14.2).
Abuse may be one or a combination of different types of abuse e.g. physical, verbal, psychological, neglect, self-neglect etc.
Read more about the different types of abuse.

Making an alert

If you have concerns that someone you know is being abused then please contact one of the organisations below.
If the concern relates to a statutory provider or a health funded placement then the council will inform the CCG’s safeguarding team and appropriate safeguarding procedures will be instigated.
Devon Care Direct
  • 0345 1551 007 (Mon to Fri 8am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 1pm)
  • Out-of-hours 0345 6000 388
  • Website
  • Factsheets
NEW Devon CCG Safeguarding Adults Team 
Devon and Cornwall Police
  • 101 (non-emergency)
  • 999 (emergency)
Domestic violence
Domestic Violence is violence which takes place within the context of a close relationship and has a considerable impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing and that of their children.
  • Freephone helpline for women: 0800 3283 070
  • Outreach support and telephone helpline for men: 0845 0646 800

PREVENT agenda

The CCG has a responsibility under the PREVENT agenda to help stop the radicalisation of vulnerable people that use our services as part of the Government’s counter-terrorism policy.
If you have concerns regarding someone who is at risk of being radicalised, make a referral at or for immediate concerns to the safety of the public due to a potential terrorist act then please call 999.
For more information, visit the Devon Safeguarding Children website or contact Chrissie Bacon, Associate Designated nurse for safeguarding children at

Key documents

Francis Report into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust 2013

Key links

The following are key documents with regards to the safeguarding adults agenda:
The following are key links to the safeguarding adults boards for Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council:
Plymouth City Council safeguarding adults board Devon County Council safeguarding adults board


Legislation with particular relevance to safeguarding includes:
Care Act implications for safeguarding adults Human Rights Act 1998 Equality Act 2010 Mental Capacity Act 2005 Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 Mental Health Act 1983

Safeguarding Adults Annual Report

NEW Devon Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2016/17

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