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Safeguarding adults

Adult safeguarding is the work done to help adults at risk stay safe from significant risk and harm, to help them to keep their independence and to keep making choices about how they want to live their lives.

The Department of Health defines an adult at risk as 'a person aged 18 years or over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental health, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of themselves, or protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.'  No Secrets: guidance on protecting vulnerable adults in care.

In Herefordshire we want everybody to understand what abuse is and the steps that they can take to stop it happening. We have produced two leaflets which you can download and read: Everybody's Business and Everybody's Business - easy-read version. We invite anyone with concerns to talk with us to decide what action is needed to keep someone safe.

Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) brings together all individuals and representatives from various agencies to work in partnership and develop best practice to safeguard adults.

If you are worried that someone is being abused or harmed, please report your concern.