Adult safeguarding

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Your action will prevent abuse.

How to report suspected abuse

Our procedures:

Who may need safeguarding?

Anyone who may not be able to take care of or protect themselves from abuse or exploitation could be at risk. For example, an older or vulnerable person, or someone with a disability or mental health problem.

Abuse can take place anywhere. It could occur in the home, at a day centre or college, at work, in hospital, or out and about in the community.

Abuse can also be committed by anyone. It could be someone the victim is close to such as a family member, friend, or someone who provides care for them. It could also be a complete stranger.

What is abuse or neglect?

Abuse is when someone seeks to hurt another person or treat them badly.

Neglect is when someone who is meant to look after another person does not look after them properly.

Abuse can take many forms. Read more about the types of abuse and neglect and the signs. 

If you are the victim of abuse, or suspect someone else could be, it is important to get help.

How to get help

If you are the victim of abuse, or you know someone who you think is at risk, or has been abused, then it is important to get help. You can report your concerns to us using a secure online form.

Richmond and Wandsworth Safeguarding Adults Board

Link to Richmond and Wandsworth Safeguarding Adults Board

The Safeguarding Adults Board is Richmond's and Wandsworth's strategic lead body for safeguarding adults with care and support needs who may be suffering, or are at risk of, abuse or neglect.

The SABs in each borough merged following a transition and consultation period from January to July 2018.

You can find more information and guidance about adult safeguarding on the Richmond and Wandsworth Safeguarding Adults Board website.

Contact

Adult Social Care and Public Health
Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
SW18 2PU

Email: accessteam@wandsworth.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 8871 7707 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)