Worried about an adult

Find out what to do if you’re worried that an adult is being neglected or abused.

Report abuse

If you suspect someone is being abused or neglected, or if you need help yourself, please contact the Adult Protection Team on 01724 297000.

Professionals can also use our Safeguarding Concern form 

You can also contact the Police:

  • 101 – Police non emergency
  • 999 – Police emergency

If you don’t want to contact us yourself, you can also report your concerns to a social worker, nurse, your GP or any other professional and ask them to make a referral for you. They will listen to you and act swiftly to make sure your enquiry is dealt with in the correct way.

Some people aren’t able to take care of themselves, and they may not be good at telling others that something is wrong.  This can leave them open to abuse.

Types of abuse

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 of and experience of abuse.

Abuse can happen anywhere – for example, in someone’s own home, in a public place, in hospital, in a care home or in college. It can take place whether an adult lives alone or with others.

Anyone can witness or become aware of information suggesting that abuse and neglect is occurring. People who require care and support must be able to trust and depend on the people they rely on for help. It is vital that professionals, other staff and members of the public are vigilant on behalf of those unable to protect themselves. No abuse is acceptable. Some abuse is a criminal offence and should be reported to the police as soon as possible.

For examples of abuse see the what is abuse page on the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board website

Further information

For further information and to access relevant safeguarding forms and policies please see the North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board website