Safeguarding adults

Every adult living in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has the right to live in safety, free from fear of abuse or neglect.

Abuse can be:

  • physical
  • sexual
  • psychological
  • financial
  • modern slavery
  • discrimination
  • organisational
  • neglect
  • self neglect
  • domestic abuse

No matter who is doing it, or where it is happening, it is still abuse.

Keeping people safe is everyone’s responsibility.

Staying safe

How you might become aware of abuse

  • You may see or hear something
  • you may notice injuries that make you feel worried
  • you may notice a change in behaviour
  • the person may tell you
Safeguarding adults - concern form

Adults at risk

Some adults may be less able to protect themselves from violence, because of:

  • mental disability
  • physical disability
  • age
  • illness


‘Safeguarding’ means identifying and preventing risks or harm, and includes:

  • Responding to and investigating any suspected instances of abuse or neglect
  • Supporting adults at risk to report any concerns while also helping them to keep themselves safe
  • Supporting adults at risk to stop abuse or neglect and to access the services they need, such as advocacy, care and support services and victim support

Getting help from the Police

In an emergency you should always call 999 and ask for the Police.

Or call 101 If you are worried but it is not an emergency.

Getting help from the Council

Adult Social Care Intake & Access Team

020 8227 2915

Out of Hours Emergency Social Work Duty Team

020 8594 8356

Someone to speak on your behalf

If you need somebody to speak out for you and get your voice heard, contact:

Cambridge House Advocacy

020 7358 7007

Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Adults Board

For more information on staying safe and the Board:

Safeguarding Adults Board