FAQs

I’m concerned about an adult, what should i do?

The Safeguarding Adults Board is a strategic body rather than an operational one, so we do not receive or process reports of abuse.

If you are worried about another adult being abused, please contact the Adult Safeguarding Team on 01983 814980 or via email at safeguardingconcerns@iow.gov.uk. Out of hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01983 821105.

If you think a crime has been committed, report it to the police immediately. In an emergency, call 999; otherwise, call your local station on 101. 

Social Care inspection bodies 
If you have concerns about bad practices or abuse in a care home or by domiciliary care services, contact the appropriate organisation. These organisations do not regulate care provided through personalised services, unless you receive care from a structured care service. 

In England, it is the Care Quality Commission (tel. 03000 616161) 

General Practitioners/practice nurses/dentists 
You can speak, in confidence, to your GP, practice nurse or dentist if you are being harmed. If you know an adult at risk who needs medical attention or seems to be emotionally upset, talk to them about seeing their GP or, with their permission, talk to a doctor/practice nurse on their behalf.


What is Safeguarding?

The role of Safeguarding is to enable all adults to maintain their independence and well-being, and ensure they can live a life that is free from abuse, neglect or risks of harm. Safeguarding is also about promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis.


How do I recognise abuse?

Abuse can take many forms:

  • Domestic abuse – this is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality
  • Not providing food, clothing, medication, attention or care. Withholding of aids or equipment (continence, walking, hearing, glasses)
  • Financial abuse i.e. a person being controlled with their own money, someone withholding money, taking money or spending it on themselves
  • Modern Slavery
  • A person being refused the company of others either at home or outside
  • Unwanted sexual attention 
  • Intimidation, threats, humiliation, extortion, racial, verbal or psychological abuse
  • Discriminatory – treating people less favourably and unfairly on the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion or belief, age, gender disability and sexual orientation