Adults at Risk (Safeguarding)

If you have a concern about an adult at risk of abuse and they are in immediate danger you should contact the relevant emergency services by ringing 999. If the adult you are concerned about is not in immediate danger you should report your concern to Milton Keynes Council Adult Social Care.

Anyone can report a concern or abuse.

You can do this by telephone, email or complete an  adult safeguarding alert  (Professionals MUST complete this form).

If you are not sure if abuse is happening or whether to report your concern

  • workers should refer to the Safeguarding Adults Decision Making Framework (January 2021) which outlines initial actions according to the abuse type and risk level. The public are also welcome to read and use this.
  • anyone can call the Safeguarding Adults Duty/Consultation line 01908 252835 to discuss your concerns. 

Safeguarding is:

Protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. 

An adult at risk is someone who:  

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

Abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Discriminatory Abuse (Hate crime)
  • Domestic Violence /Abuse   
  • Financial/Material Abuse
  • Modern Slavery             
  • Neglect/Act of Omission
  • Organisational Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Psychological / Emotional Abuse
  • Self-Neglect
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Exploitation

Abuse can occur anywhere at any time and can be carried out by anyone, it can be a single act, repeated acts over a period of time or due to a failure to act (neglect). It can happen to one person, or several people at the same time.

Last Updated: 12 January 2021