All adults should be able to live free from fear and harm and have their rights and choices respected. Some adults are less able to protect themselves than others, and some have difficulty making their wishes and feelings known. This may make them vulnerable to abuse. Abuse can happen anywhere and can include: physical; sexual; emotional or psychological; neglect; financial; or discrimination.
A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 years or over, who:
is or appears to be eligible for Local Authority/Mental Health Services' assistance by reason of mental ill health, physical or learning disability, illness or age related frailty
may be unable to take care of him/herself or unable to protect him/herself against significant harm or exploitation.
Safeguarding Adults means working in partnership with a 'person centred' focus to actively promote the empowerment and wellbeing of the vulnerable person by supporting their human rights to make decisions for themselves, reducing all risks of harm, taking action when legal necessary and proportional to the circumstances (that can be defended in the courts).
'What is Safeguarding?' for people with a learning disability
Staff Safeguarding referrals for Derby City:
With effect from Monday 31st March 2014, any safeguarding adult referrals concerning Derby City service users or concerning abuse or neglect that takes place or is reported in Derby City, needs to be sent securely to the following email address:SMGReceptionTeam@derby.gov.uk.cjsm.net. If you do not have access to a secure email account, please fax the referral to 01332 643299.
These referrals will then be passed onto Social Care staff working at St James House, Derby who will lead and manage the Safeguarding Investigation. This is a change from current processes, whereby Derbyshire Healthcare staff led and managed the safeguarding investigation.
It is important to note however that Derbyshire Healthcare staff will still contribute fully to the safeguarding process; this may include completing Safeguarding Investigation reports, attending Strategy Meetings and Case Conferences and ensuring that actions arising are implemented in agreed time scales.
Additionally, the Derby City Safeguarding team may be contacted for advice by calling 01332 642961.
VARM is a multi-agency risk management process to enable professionals to come together to develop creative and assertive plans to support Adults at Risk who have mental capacity and who are at risk of serious harm or death through self-neglect, risk taking behaviour or by refusing previous offers of support from services. For more information see: Derby Safeguarding Adults Board