Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding adults means preventing abuse and neglect as well as promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis. It is about enabling adults to remain independent and to have choice in how they maintain their own health and wellbeing. 

Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse. That right is outlined in the Care Act 2014 and 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 adults at risk do not get harmed, and knowing what to do if anyone in your organisation or service is worried about a adult. Your service or organisation should have safeguards in place that:

  • Protect adults at risk from harm and abuse
  • Ensure staff and volunteers know what to do if they are worried
  • Demonstrate that your organisation or service is responsible

The Care Act 2014 sets out the legal framework that will be in place to protect adults at risk of abuse. The new guidance is based on six principles:

  • Empowerment
  • Prevention
  • Proportionality
  • Protection
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

These principles should underpin all adult safeguarding

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:

  • Template Safeguarding Children & Adults Policy

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

  • Vulnerable Adults Policy Guidance

 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.

  • Safeguarding Good Governance Checklist and Resources

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. 

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

  • Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board 

Combined Adults Board

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board has a statuatory responsibility to monitor and evaluate what is done my partner agencies individually and collectively, safeguarding and promote the welfare of adults who live in:

  • Knowsley
  • Liverpool
  • Sefton
  • Wirral 

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 website provides information on all aspects of safeguarding on Merseyside 

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 Safeguarding Training
The Adult Safegaurding training is available from Sefton CVS. Please email for more information 

More Information

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