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Safeguarding is everyone's business

Adults live in community settings, and it is important that safeguarding is everyone's business. Community safety is essential in our decision-making, and Buckinghamshire Council has a wide range of services to help make our communities safer. Wherever you live or work in Buckinghamshire, if you have concerns about an adult at risk, please report the incident to adult social care.

Making safeguarding personal

The Care Act 2014 puts Adults at Risk at the centre of all decision-making and ensures that their wishes and feelings are considered and that their desired goals and outcomes are recognised.

The Care Act defines an adult at risk as any person who is aged 18 years or over, and at risk of abuse or neglect because of their needs for care and/or support.

Each Local Authority has a duty to carry out enquiries for adults at risk meeting these criteria. They also have the discretion to carry out an enquiry if they think it’s necessary based on the information presented to them.

Disability, illness or frailty means that many adults over the age of 18 must rely on other people to help them in their day-to-day living. Sadly, it is because they must depend on others that they may become vulnerable and at risk of abuse, very often from people they know such as a relative, friend, neighbour or paid carer.

Members of the Service User Sub-Group of the Adult Safeguarding Board have designed information to assist both potential victims and practitioners to understand the process and what they can expect to happen. This will ensure that the outcomes of all safeguarding enquiries are focussed on the person.

We believe that every adult has the right to be treated with dignity, have their choices respected and live a life free from fear.

Buckinghamshire’s Safeguarding Adults Board

The Buckinghamshire’s Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) has a responsibility for safeguarding adults in order to protect adults at risk of harm or abuse and to enhance their wellbeing and daily experiences.