Safeguarding Adults


Content last reviewed: 24 March 2016

It is everybody’s business to report abuse wherever it is seen or suspected. Safeguarding is a vital part of our responsibilities. It is more than just adult protection; it is about protecting the safety, independence and wellbeing of adults with care and support needs. Central Bedfordshire Council adopts a zero tolerance approach to abuse or neglect. The focus of safeguarding activity within Central Bedfordshire is on

  • making sure our response to safeguarding situations is effective and timely;
  • ensuring sure people who have been abused are at the centre of activity and decision making on the safeguarding response;
  • making sure responses to safeguarding are proportionate to the level of risk;
  • ensuring agencies are accountable and transparent in responding to safeguarding;
  • working in partnership to share information and work across teams
  • prevention and raising awareness

The Care Act 2014 states that adult safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

  • has needs for care and support (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.

Last updated Friday, 22nd April 2016