Adults at risk of harm
Being clear about who we mean when we say "adults at risk of harm" is an important part of our safeguarding role.
Adults at risk of harm are sometimes referred to as a "vulnerable adults".
They’re adults who are (or may be) in need of community care services - because of disability, age or illness - and are unable (or may be) unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation. This includes people who are temporarily in this position as well as those to whom it applies, long-term.
We recognise that some people are less able to protect themselves from abuse than most and so are inherently more at risk. And we recognise that these people are still at risk even if we can’t identify an actual abuser.