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Who Needs Safeguarding?

Safeguarding in Worcestershire applies to any adult who:

  • requires 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.

Abuse may only happen once or may happen many times over a period of time. Reoccurring cases of poor care might be an indicator of more a serious problem – for example organisational abuse. Whatever the case, it needs to be reported.