There are many different ways in which harm can be inflicted on someone. It could be physical, psychological, financial or sexual harm, or neglect. Harm can happen anywhere including your home, in hospital or a care home, at work, or in a public place.
You can find our more about adult support and protection at the Act Against Harm website.
Measures of the Act include:
The Act defines adults at risk as people aged 16 years or over who:
Having a particular condition, such as a learning disability or a mental illness, does not automatically mean an adult is at risk. Someone can have a disability and be perfectly able to look after themselves. For an adult to be considered at risk, all three parts of the definition must be met.
If you are unable to protect yourself from being harmed, it is important to tell someone.
Everyone has a right to be safe.
Remember, if someone is harming you, then they may be doing it to others too.
If you think you know someone who is being harmed, is suffering from neglect or is at risk of being harmed, you must tell someone.
Remember, the person being harmed may not be able to report it.
If you, or someone you know, is being harmed or suffering from neglect, it is important to tell someone.
Everyone has a right to be safe. Even if it happened many years ago, it is still important to report it.
If you think an adult is at risk, or would like advice about anything to do with harm, you should contact your local council social work services who will assist you. You can also speak to a health professional or the police. They will take your concerns seriously.