Safeguarding means protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about making people aware of their rights, protecting them and preventing and stopping abuse. We need to encourage people to report any suspected adult abuse, whether it happened recently, or not.
When a concern of abuse or neglect is reported, the Dudley Safeguarding Adults Board has a legal duty under The Care Act 2014 to ensure that enquiries are made where the adult concerned:
If the adult does not meet these criteria, then the Board will ensure that signposting to supportive services which can help the person concerned, is provided.