Safeguarding Adults

What is Safeguarding Adults?

Safeguarding adults means preventing abuse and neglect, as well as promoting good practice in responding to concerns. 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 free from violence and abuse. That right is outlined in the Care Act 2014 which sets out the legal framework to protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect. The guidance is based on six principles:

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

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


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:

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

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

DBS checks are designed to help organisations from the 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 members of society at risk of abuse.

In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS offers access to the DBS to organisations within Sefton. We are able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for a DBS check for staff and volunteers.


Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board 

Sefton CVS work closely with Sefton Councils Safeguarding Team and the Merseyside Adult Safeguarding Board.

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board has a statutory responsibility to monitor and evaluate safeguarding procedures and practice, and to 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 Merseyside Adults Safeguarding 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 Board website provides information on all aspects of safeguarding on Merseyside

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


Sefton CVS Safeguarding 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

Adult Safeguarding Training
Adult Safeguarding Awareness Training is available through Sefton CVS. Please email for more information

More Information

For further guidance contact;

Jan Campbell
Health and Wellbeing (Adult) Lead
 01704 501 024