Safeguarding adults

At East Cheshire NHS Trust we are committed to safeguarding adults within our care and actively encourage all of our staff to alert the authorities about any concerns in relation to abuse.

Safeguarding encompasses six key concepts: empowerment, protection, prevention, proportionate responses, partnership and accountability. Health care organisations play an important role in the protection of members of the public from harm and are responsible for ensuring that services and support are delivered in ways that are high quality and safe.



The Department of Health issued a Government publication ‘No Secrets’ in 2000. This document gives guidance to local agencies who have a responsibility to investigate and take action when a vulnerable adult is believed to be suffering abuse. It offers a structure and content for the development of local inter-agency policies, procedures and joint protocols, which will draw on good practice nationally and locally.

View the ‘No Secrets’ Department of Health Guidance

Who is a vulnerable adult?

A vulnerable adult is: a person "who is or may be in need of community care (including health) services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation", (see "No Secrets" - Section 2.3.).*

What is abuse?

Abuse is:

  1. A violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons. (See "No Secrets" - Section 2.5.)
  2. Abuse can consist of a single act or repeated acts. It may be physical, verbal, or psychological.
  3. It may be an act of neglect or an omission to act, or it may occur when a vulnerable person is persuaded to enter into a financial or sexual transaction to which he or she has not consented or cannot consent.
  4. Abuse can occur in any relationship and may result in significant harm to, or exploitation of, the person subjected to it. (See "No Secrets" - Section 2.6.)

More information

For more information about Adult Safeguarding contact the Named Nurse via the hospital switchboard 01625 421000

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