Adult Protection and Safeguarding
The Commissioner takes adult protection and safeguarding very seriously. Standing up for older people who are at risk of harm and ensuring that they are safeguarded and protected is one of her key priorities for action. Abuse can also be a crime or domestic abuse, which are police matters.
In the her work , the Commissioner is guided by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 which provides that:
Below you will find a range of information about adult protection and safeguarding and what to do if you suspect an older person is at risk of abuse (click on the heading to expand the section).
- Everyone has the right to live their lives free from coercion, intimidation, oppression and physical, sexual, emotional or mental harm.
- Everyone has the right to a family life and privacy.
- Everyone has a right to confidentiality in respect of personal information, where this does not infringe the rights of other people.
- Everyone has the right to receive full and comprehensive information to allow them to make informed choices about their own circumstances.
- Everyone has the right to the protection of the law and full access to the judicial process and criminal justice system.
Adult protection and safeguarding information