The key principles which underpin the policies and procedures supporting adults at risk ensure that:

  • Every person has the right to live a life free from abuse, exploitation and neglect.
  • Adults at risk of abuse must be made aware of their rights and given information, advice and support, and must be encouraged and enabled to access protection from the law and legal processes.
  • Every effort must be made to promote the well-being, security and safety of adults at risk of abuse consistent with their rights, mental capacity and personal choices.
  • In most cases, the adult at risk of abuse should be the person who decides on the chosen course of action, whilst being given all possible support to do so.
  • In some cases, an adult with mental capacity may choose to remain in an abusive environment or situation. In these cases it is still extremely important to consider what advice and support can be offered to reduce their risk from harm. 

Every organisation must ensure that they promote the duty of care and protection of vulnerable people and have a clear, well publicised policy of zero tolerance of abuse. In addition, all agencies should ensure they are aware of the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership’s policies and procedures to support adults at risk and where possible safeguarding procedures should be known and understood by customers, relatives and friends as well as staff.


The Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 ( came into effect from 1 April 2015 to help to improve the independence and wellbeing of adults. It makes it clear that local authorities must provide or arrange services that help prevent people developing needs for care and support or delay people deteriorating such that they would need ongoing care and support.  The Care Act 2014 also aims to bring about the personalisation of care services, putting the person at the centre of the process.

Sections 42, 43, and 44 of the Act underpin the work of the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership, and set out ours and our partners collective responsibilities around;

  • protecting individuals and investigating instances of abuse
  • the role of the Safeguarding Adults Boards, and
  • conducting Safeguarding Adults Reviews


Suffolk Practice Approach (Signs of Safety) Online Learning Resource

This resource has been created to support the workshop learning programme that is open to everyone working collaboratively with people across Suffolk.

It describes the way that Suffolk’s Adults services, using the Signs of Safety framework as a foundation, work with people and people important to them, using a safety, solution building and trauma responsive approach.

Please see CPD Online for more information about the Learning Programmes