Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. We all need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and seeking to prevent the circumstances which can easily lead to abusive situations and put adults at risk of harm.
When abuse does take place, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways which are proportionate to the issues and where the adult in need of protection stays as much in control of the decision-making as is possible. The right of the individual to be involved and heard throughout this process is a critical element in the drive towards more personalised care and support.
In Lincolnshire, as elsewhere, the main statutory agencies - local councils, the police and NHS organisations - are working together both to promote safer communities to prevent harm and abuse and to respond appropriately when they occur. That is why we have come together to produce Safeguarding Adults Board: multi-agency policy and procedures for Lincolnshire. It is our firm belief that adults at risk are best protected when we work closely and consistently together in responding to people at risk or suffering harm.
Elaine Baylis, Independent Chair to Lincolnshire Strategic Safeguarding Adults Board
South Kesteven District Council accepts the social, moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures to provide a duty of care for 'adults at risk', to safeguard their well-being and protect them from abuse when they are engaged in services organised and provided by the District Council.
Although the following list is not exhaustive, an "adult at risk" may be a person who:
- is frail due to age, ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment, or a combination of these
- has a learning disability
- has a physical disability and/or a sensory impairment
- has mental health needs including dementia or a personality disorder
- has a long-term illness/condition
- misuses substances or alcohol
- is a carer such as a family member/friend who provides personal assistance and care to adults and is subject to abuse
- is unable to demonstrate the capacity to make a decision and is in need of care and support
If you are concerned about a vulnerable adult for any reason - don't keep it to yourself - call Adult Social Care.
|Adult Social Care||01522 782 155|
|01522 782 333 (in an emergency or out of hours)|
|Lincolnshire Police Public Protection Unit||Dial 101, or if an adult is in immediate danger 999|