Vulnerable adults

The force is committed to working with partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable adults and tackle crimes against them.

We receive more than 6000 reports of adults at risk of abuse each year, which have to be assessed and investigated or passed to a partner agency.

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) provides a safeguarding response where vulnerable adults have, or are at risk of being abused. It sees a wide range of partner agencies working together to deliver coordinated safeguarding activity in line with requirements under the Care Act 2014.

Additionally, the force has a dedicated team, the adult abuse investigation unit (AAISU), based at Chord Park, Godmanchester, which is responsible for investigating adult abuse in cooperation with partners.

The Care Act 2014, which came into effect in April 2015, puts a statutory responsibility on the local authority, police, the clinical commissioning group and its partners to work together to safeguard vulnerable adults.

The Act states local authorities have safeguarding duties which apply to an adult who:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.

Vulnerable adults tend to be more likely to become a victim of crime but are often less likely to report it for various reasons.

We want members of the public to help protect vulnerable adults by reporting concerns. The victim could be your grandparent, another elderly relative or neighbour and we would urge people to look out for tell-tale signs of abuse such as changes in behaviour, outstanding bills or a high credit card bill.

Doing nothing is not an option and those who are convicted of taking advantage of a vulnerable adult can, and do, receive custodial sentences.

Abuse can happen anywhere – in a residential or nursing home, in a hospital, in the workplace, at a day centre or educational establishment, in supported housing or in the street.

There are 10 categories of abuse: physical, domestic, sexual, psychological, financial or material, modern slavery, discriminatory, organisational, neglect and acts of omission, and self-neglect.

If you believe someone has been the victim of a crime, call police on 101.

For further detailed information, material and ways of reporting a vulnerable adult, visit these websites:

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