Everyone has the human right to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. Safeguarding means protecting vulnerable adults and children who are at risk and need support, and is fundamental to ensuring high-quality health and social care. If you are concerned that someone is at risk of abuse, don’t hesitate to report your concern with the B&NES Council website.

People who may be particularly vulnerable to abuse include:

  • disabled people who have physical or sensory impairments
  • people who have learning difficulties
  • people who experience mental ill health
  • older people
  • children
  • people who live in care homes
  • people with acquired brain damage
  • People who misuse substances.