Safeguarding adults means protecting a person’s right to live a life free from harm, abuse and neglect.
 An adult at risk is any person who is aged 18 years or over:

  • Has needs for 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.

What is abuse?

Abuse is something that harms another person. It can happen anywhere. People are usually harmed by someone they know or trust which could be a parent, a family member, a partner a neighbour or a health or social care professional.

This includes concerns about extremism and referrals to PREVENT.

What can you do if you are worried you or someone else is being abused?

  • Tell a member of ELFT staff (e.g. care co-ordinator, nurse, doctor) about your concern.
  • Contact ELFT Safeguarding team and discuss your concerns with the Named Professionals who can provide you with expert advice and guidance. Telephone numbers 0208121 5338/5358/5355/5357 (London) or 01234 310592/316716 (Bedford) or 01582 708919 (Luton).
  • Contact the Local Authority safeguarding team or adult social care to report about the abuse. Please refer to the websites listed at the end of the page for borough specific information.
  • Contact your local police on 101 to report a crime.
  • In an emergency, you should call 999

Trust Safeguarding Adults contact

Dinh Padicala, Associate Director for Safeguarding Adults and Domestic Abuse  Tel:  0208 1215403

Borough/County Specific Information and Services

City of London

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Newham 

London Borough of Richmond

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Central Bedfordshire Council

Bedford Borough Council

Luton Council


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