Safeguarding Older People From Abuse And Neglect
About this factsheet
This factsheet explains the law on safeguarding adults to help you decide what to do if you think an older person is being abused or neglected, or may be at risk of abuse or neglect. Whether you know the person through your role as a professional, a carer, relative, neighbour or friend, you have an important part to play in helping to safeguard them. Safeguarding means protecting people’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
Any form of abuse or neglect is unacceptable, no matter what justification or reason may be given for it. It is very important that older people are aware of this and they know support is available. This factsheet describes the situation in England.
There are differences in legislation and procedures in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Readers in these nations should contact their respective national Age UK offices for information specific to where you live.