Safeguarding Adults

What is Safeguarding Adults?

We all need to work together to try and  stop abuse occurring  and to protect those people who have been victims of abuse or crime. Everyone has a right to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect.

Who is an adult at risk?

  • Someone aged 18 or over
  • Has needs for care or support (whether or not those needs are being met)
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • as a result of these needs is unable to protect him or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.

What is abuse?

There are 10 categories of abuse, these are:

  • Modern Slavery
  • Discrimination
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Organisational
  • Self Neglect
  • Physical
  • Financial
  • Sexual
  • Neglect
  • Emotional

What can you do if abuse happens to you?

If you think you or someone you know is being abused then you should tell someone you trust.

This could be:

  • Sue Gregg, CEO, Newcastle Vision Support
  • a Police Officer
  • a Social Worker
  • a Medical Professional e.g. Doctor or Nurse
  • a Carer or Support Worker
  • a Family member, Friend or Neighbour

Once you have told someone you trust they could contact Community Health and Social Care Direct by any of the following methods:

  • Telephone: 0191 278 8377 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm )
  • Emergencies out of hours during evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays – 0191 2787878
  • Textphone: 0191 278 8359 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm)
  • SMS: 0781 684 1183
  • Email: