In the context of the Care Act 2014 specific adult safeguarding duties apply to any adult who –
- is 18 or over
- has needs for care & support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
- is experiencing, or at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, and
- as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of harm, or the experience of abuse or neglect
However the Care Act 2014 provides the local authority the power to make discretionary safeguarding enquiries and some situations which may initially appear to be a safeguarding concern may after initial enquiry require a different type of intervention. Staff and volunteers should not limit themselves to what may constitute abuse and if there are concerns about an adult at risk they should be discussed with your manager.
A more thorough exploration of the key issues and dilemmas’ facing staff and volunteers takes place during the Level 1 Adult Safeguarding course, ‘Recognising Abuse’.