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Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy

Berkshire Adults Safeguarding

The Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Good Practice Guidance Manual (2011) has been developed by all six Berkshire Authorities in conjunction with the host organisation Tri-X.

The manual is primarily a policy and procedures manual. However, it also includes information and useful links for partners, carers and adults at risk about the safeguarding process.

Main Document

This policy and good practice guidance manual relates to all 'Adults at Risk'. An Adult at Risk is a person who is 18 years or over and who is or may be in need of community care or health care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation. In this manual, the new term 'Adult at Risk' has been used throughout instead of the term 'Vulnerable Adult'.

An Adult at Risk may therefore be a person who:

  • Is elderly and frail due to ill health, physical disability or cognitive impairment
  • 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

For more information about safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults from abuse please visit our other webpages:

Who to contact if you suspect abuse

What is abuse?

What to do about abuse

Safeguarding adults from abuse

Safeguarding Adults Review

Safeguarding Adults Board


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Modified: 2015-02-23
Published: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:51:48
Author: Michaela Helman
Editor: Jan.Balfour
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