Safeguarding adults at risk is about protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to tackle risks and experiences of abuse or neglect, while promoting individual wellbeing. This includes having regard to the adult's views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.
If you are a member of the public in Guernsey or Alderney who has concerns about an adult with care and support needs, experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect, you should contact the Adult Safeguarding Manager as soon as possible on the contact details below:
Telephone: Perruque House 01481 256923 FAX: 251548
If it is an emergency, please call the police on 999 or 112.
The Adult Safeguarding Unit opening hours are:
- Monday till Thursday 8:45am till 5pm
- Friday 8:45am till 4.45pm
If you work with adults with care and support needs and believe that someone you work with is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, you should discuss this with your manager. You or your manager must escalate your safeguarding concerns by contacting the Adult Safeguarding Manager on 01481 256923 and raise a safeguarding alert by using the 'Raising a Concern' form here: Raising a Concern [758kb]
If you believe someone is being abused and they are in immediate danger you should contact the police without delay.
Who is an adult at risk?
Some adults, because of illness or disability, may be unable to protect themselves from abuse. These adults, with care and support needs, may be:
- older people;
- people with learning disabilities;
- people with physical disabilities;
- people with mental health conditions;
- or people with short, or long-term illnesses.
The Committee for Health & Social Care (HSC) Safeguarding Unit will make enquiries, or ask other services or organisations to make enquiries, whenever it is reported that an adult with care and support needs may be at risk of abuse or neglect in Guernsey or Alderney.
What happens after you report abuse or neglect?
HSC Safeguarding Unit will always take it seriously when someone reports abuse or neglect, or a situation that could lead to abuse or neglect. It is recognised that everyone is different and will need different advice or support depending on their situation. Every effort is made to support adults at risk of abuse or neglect take action on their own behalf, make choices and retain control over their lives.
When multi-agency support is considered necessary, the concern may be discussed at the Adult Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (Adult MASH).
Remember - safeguarding adults at risk is everyone's responsibility.