Report an adult at risk of abuse or neglect

What to do if you're worried that an adult is being abused, neglected or at risk.

If the person is in immediate danger, call 999.

This process is for members of the public to raise a concern about suspected abuse or neglect. If you are a healthcare worker, GP or other professional raising a concern, follow the safeguarding process for professionals.

If you think someone over 18 is being mistreated, you should tell us. 

A person may be more vulnerable to abuse or neglect if they have care and support needs.

When you should report it to us

The abuse or neglect could come from anyone - including family members, friends or professionals. It could include:

  • physical abuse
  • domestic abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect
  • self-neglect (someone not looking after themselves)
  • psychological or emotional abuse
  • modern slavery (forcing someone to work)
  • financial abuse
  • discriminatory abuse

If you are concerned about someone's safety, do not ignore it.

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data.

Report an adult at risk

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What happens next?

When we receive your report we will get the right services involved. This may include talking to the police and a social worker.

We will talk to the person being abused or neglected about what help they might need and ask what they want to happen.

If they are unable to make an informed choice we will support and protect them to make sure they are safe and well.