Safeguarding adults

Protecting people from abuse

Who is vulnerable?

No Secrets 2000 was issued under Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970; as such it requires every local authority to follow the directions in the No Secrets guidance.

“A ‘vulnerable adult’ is a person 18 years old and over:

  • who is or may be in need of community care 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

For the purposes of this guidance ‘community care services’ will be taken to include all care services provided in any setting context.” (No Secrets 2000)

The Association of Directors of Social Services in 2005 confirmed the first part of the definition as ‘Adults who may be eligible for community care services are those whose independence and wellbeing would be at risk if they did not receive appropriate health and social care support’.

For more information about procedures to safeguard vulnerable adults in Hampshire, please see the

Safeguarding Adults Multi-agency Policy which has been developed by the four local safeguarding adults boards (4LSAB) covering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to meet the requirements of No Secrets (2000), Department of Health and to support current good practice in adult safeguarding.