Information and support to help reduce the incidence of harm to adults at risk.
Everyone has the right to live without fear of harm. We work closely with partner agencies in the field of adult protection to reduce the incidence of harm and improve the lives of the adults at risk in our communities.
What to do if you suspect an adult is being harmed or abused.
If you represent a care agency, care home or other commercial provider, or are a health or other care professional, please contact the Safeguarding Adults Triage Service to make a safeguarding alert.
In the event of a crisis, or if a crime is in progress or a life is at risk, dial 999 for the Emergency Service.
Dorset County Council operate a 'zero tolerance' approach to safeguarding adults and every alert will be taken seriously. We can visit you or the adult concerned and find out what is happening. As far as possible we will work with you, to investigate and resolve the situation. If necessary we can help you to report your concerns to the police. We can also help with any communication difficulties you may have.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) (opens in a new window) inspect care homes and home care agencies. They respond to complaints about poor standards of care.
What do we mean by 'Adult at Risk'?
An Adult at Risk is a person aged 18 years and over who:
Is or may be in need of Community Care Services. Perhaps because of mental ill health, a learning disability, age, physical disability or other illness
Is or may be unable to take care of him or herself or
Is unable to protect themselves against significant harm or serious exploitation
Anyone who comes to the attention of Dorset County Council or the other agencies who are working to the 'No Secrets' guidance (opens in a new window) may need to have their circumstances investigated if they are reported to be harmed or at risk of harm.
What do we mean by 'harm'
"It is the violation of an individual's human and civil rights by any other person or persons." (No Secrets, 2000).
There are several types of harm. The following are the most common but the list is not exclusive:
Psychological or emotional harm
Financial harm (theft, fraud, exploitation)
Neglect and Acts of Omission (failing to look after someone who needs care or support)
Institutional harm (where an organisation has policies or practices which are harmful)
Discriminatory harm (where an individual is treated unfairly compared with others)
What we do to safeguard adults
We lead in safeguarding adults at risk through:
Careful investigation of circumstances and responsibilities where people may have been harmed
Developing protection plans with the individual concerned to help stop them from coming to any further harm
- Safeguarding Adults Triage Service
Our Safeguarding Adults Triage Service is the first point of contact for health and care professionals to report incidences of adult abuse and harm.
- Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB)
Information about the Dorset Safeguarding Adults Board.
- Safeguarding Adults - External links which you may find helpful
Here you will find links to other websites which you may find helpful.