Safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect policy and procedure

Definitions used within the procedure

Children or young person

This is used to refer to anyone under the age of 18 years in accordance with the Children Act 1989.

Adults at risk

All the Policies and Procedures described within this document refer to adults at risk as well as children.

Adults at risk for the purposes of this procedure are an adult who:

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect and
  • 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

Staff, elected members and volunteers

This is used to refer to employees, district councillors, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of, delivering a commissioned service for or representing us.