A vulnerable adult is anyone aged 18 years and over who is, or may be, in need of community care services because of:
- A physical disability
- A sensory impairment
- A mental health problem
- A learning disability
The person may be unable to take care of themselves, or unable to protect themselves against significant harm or serious exploitation.
Safeguarding adults involves supporting vulnerable adults to have independence, well-being and choice and live a life free from abuse and neglect. It is about preventing abuse and neglect, and promoting good practice when responding to concerns of abuse and neglect.
Protecting vulnerable adults requires teamwork between local councils, NHS Trusts, police forces, and others organisations. In Sandwell there is a Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board, where representatives from various organisations meet twice a month.
Associate Director of Safeguarding
Head of Safeguarding Adults