Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding adults means all work which enables an adult to retain independence, wellbeing and choice and live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. It is about preventing abuse and neglect as well as promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis.

Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse. That right is underpinned by the duty on public agencies under the Human Rights Act (1998). This places a duty on public organisations to enable adults at risk of neglect or abuse to access the advice, support and interventions they need to minimise the risk of further abuse, and stop it wherever possible.

It follows that all citizens should have access to relevant services including the civil and criminal justice system and victim support services. Remedies available should also include measures that achieve behaviour change by those who have perpetrated abuse or neglect.

Safeguarding adults is about trying to make sure that vulnerable adults do not get harmed, and knowing what to do if anyone in your organisation or service is worried about a vulnerable adult. Your service or organisation should have safeguards in place that:

  • Protect vulnerable adults from harm and abuse
  • Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
  • Show that your organisation or service is responsible

“Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.” (‘No Secrets’ Department of Health 2000)

‘No Secrets’ was issued under Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act, 1970, which requires local authorities in their social services functions to act under the general guidance of the secretary of state. In the context of ‘No Secrets’, this means co-ordinating a multi-agency response to ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures and practices (for the protection of vulnerable adults at risk of abuse) are put in place and implemented locally.

Policy and Procedures

All organisations need to have their own safeguarding adults policy and procedure or guidance. You can use this template to help create a policy for your organisation:

You should use this guidance to help you update the above templates so they are relevant to your organisation:

 If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

This resource has been devised to support Trustees and organisations to consider how they are meeting the Charity Commission’s governance expectations in relation to Safeguarding and what they may need to do to improve. The Safeguarding Good Governance Checklist and Resources are available on request from Sefton CVS. Please enter your email below to receive the resources by email. 

Sefton CVS is committed to providing mandatory safeguarding training and awareness raising of related policies and procedures as part of our staff and volunteer inductions. It is important all staff and volunteers delivering services and support through Sefton CVS related projects are competent in being able to recognise, respond and report concerns about the welfare of children or adults at risk of harm, and that we play an active role in responding to concerns as part of our duty of care by coordinating support for vulnerable people (child and adults).

If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

Sefton CVS has registered with the DBS to obtain higher level disclosures for its own staff and volunteers. In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS also offers access to the Disclosure service to other organisations within Sefton.

As a registered DBS Umbrella Body, Sefton CVS is able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for DBS checks on staff and volunteers. For more information on DBS checks, please click here

  • Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board

Combined Adults BoardThere is no longer a Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board. This has been subsumed by the Knowlsey, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral combined Board. Nigel Bellamy, Sefton CVS Deputy Chief Executive represents the VCF sector on this board. 

This representation aims to ensure there is a voice for the VCF sector on the Board as well as ensuring information discussed at the Board is fed back to the community and voluntary sector. 

The Combined Board is in the process of setting up it’s own website and details will be published here soon.  

Sefton Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team are still the appropriate people to report safeguarding concerns to. Click here for more information

Available Training

Mencap Safeguarding Adult e-Learning
Protecting Vulnerable Adults” Level 1 to the Third Sector for just £7.50 per person
(For further information, or to book onto the course, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 ext 202 or email

Free Adult Social Care Training via Sefton MBC – Organisations that deliver a social care service to adults within the Sefton geographical area can access any of the training events on this page free of charge.

More Information

Jan Campbell
Health and Wellbeing (Adult) Lead
Phone: 01704 501 024 ext 218