Safeguarding Adults

What is ‘Safeguarding Adults’?

Adult safeguarding means protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

Why is it important to delivering health care?

Health services have a duty to safeguard all patients but provide additional measures for patients who are less able to protect themselves from harm or abuse.

Safeguarding adults covers a range of activity from prevention through to multi agency responses where harm and abuse occurs.

Multi agency procedures apply where there is concern of harm, exploitation, coercion, crime, neglect or abuse to a patient defined as ‘vulnerable’ or “at risk”.

About our approach in Trafford

The NHS in Trafford is committed to preventing harm and abuse of vulnerable adults. Where we suspect or identify that harm, crime, neglect or abuse is happening, we will respond quickly to protect the person and those around them.

NHS organisations across Trafford are working together to improve our understanding of abuse and exploring at ways to prevent it.

No single agency can deal with safeguarding vulnerable adults alone.

We work closely with our partners in the Independent Sector, Care Quality Commission, Greater Manchester Police and Trafford Council to ensure we have a joined up, robust approach to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.

Local Health services play a key role in assessments, investigations and protection planning.

NHS Trafford CCG is also part of the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Collaborative run by NHS England.

Further support for adults at risk in Trafford

TARGet (Trafford Adults at Risk Group)

This is a multi-agency group led by Greater Manchester Police and supported by NHS agencies in Trafford, Trafford Council and the Probation Service set up support adults at risk in Trafford.

These might be vulnerable adults in the local community, or identified by professionals through their practice. They may be experiencing low level harm, harassment, name calling or physical harm at the hands of other people. This low level harm can quickly escalate to become more serious and potentially dangerous. This is what the group aims to stop, through careful, targeted action.

Those referred may be using substances including alcohol or be mentally and/or physically unwell. They may be frequent users of mental health crisis services, emergency departments, GP services and ambulance and police services.

People may be referred using the Safeguarding Adults Referral Form, indicating that it is a TARGet Referral and you will usually require permission from the person to refer them to TARGet.

For further advice, support or guidance about TARGet please contact the CCG Adult Safeguarding Lead.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC)

If the person lives in or is cared for by agency or organisation that is registered with CQC you can contact them to inform them of your concerns.

You can contact CQC by telephone on 01772 730100, fax on 01772 730176, or by e-mail at Enquiries.NorthWest@cqc.gsi.gov.uk.