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Adults at risk

Safeguarding adults at risk is a key part of Warwickshire and West Mercia's role in protecting people from harm. Protecting adults covers a wide range of concerns including mental health, safeguarding adults at risk, domestic violence and abuse, forced marriage, honour based violence, female genital mutilation,modern slavery and human trafficking.

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Each area mentioned above is described in more detail in the related pages.

Safeguarding Adults at Risk additional information.

With the introduction of the Care Act 2015, Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Forces now have a statutory obligation to safeguard and protect adults at risk in the same way we do to safeguard children.

The term safeguarding covers a range of activities which are aimed at supporting adults to exercise their basic right to live a life free from the fear or reality of abuse, regardless of where they live, or the situation they are in.

An adult with care and support needs is defined as:

  • any person aged 18 years or over who has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs); and
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.'

Care and support is defined as:

  • A mixture of practical, financial and emotional support for adults who need extra help to manage their lives and be independent ie. older people, people with a disability or long-term illness, people with mental ill health, and carers.
  • Care and support includes assessment of people's needs, provision of services and the allocation of funds to enable a person to purchase their own care and support. It could include care home, home care, personal assistants, day services, or the provision of aids and adaptations.

It is interpreted 'whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs' in the definition above as referring to a person who funds their own care, or a person who may have care/support needs but not yet assessed for those needs.
Warwickshire and West Mercia work closely with the five safeguarding adults boards across Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire in order to discharge this responsibility.