Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adults wellbeing is promoted including, where possible, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs when deciding on any action.

People who may require additional care and support needs include:

  • older people
  • people with a physical disability, a learning difficulty or a sensory impairment
  • someone with mental health needs, including dementia or a personality disorder
  • people with a long-term health condition
  • someone who misuses substances or alcohol to the extent that it affects their day-to-day living

Making safeguarding personal

Making safeguarding personal means putting the person at the centre of everything we do during a safeguarding enquiry from the very beginning to the very end.

If you report abuse we will:

  • listen to you
  • understand your wishes and feelings
  • take you seriously
  • treat you with respect
  • support you to feel safe
  • support you to make your own decisions
  • keep you informed and involved
  • tell you what will happen next

Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board is working hard to make sure that every adult is treated in this way during the safeguarding process.