A person is defined as an adult at risk if they are 18 years old, in need of care and support and they are unable to protect themselves from harm as a result of their needs.

Report adult abuse

If you or someone you know is being abused (or you suspect they are) then speak out, don’t ignore it and report it.

If there is no immediate danger you can tell someone you trust. This could be family, friends or professionals. If you don’t want to tell someone you know, you can contact us.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999.

Next steps

If you report abuse to us, the first thing we’ll do is make sure you or the person you are concerned about is safe.

In Sheffield we have a safeguarding partnership which is made up of a range of organisations including ourselves, NHS, police and voluntary sector. These organisations work closely to make sure that all cases of suspected abuse are investigated fully and create a safeguarding plan.

Types of abuse

Abuse is any action which harms another person, including:

  • physical abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • domestic abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional or psychological abuse
  • financial or material abuse
  • neglect
  • discrimination
  • modern slavery
  • self-neglect
  • organisation abuse

Safe Places

Safe Places are ‘refuges’ for people who might be feeling lost, unwell or frightened when they’re out and about.

Over 140 shops, offices and community facilities in Sheffield are Safe Places and will offer support to adults with learning disability, dementia, mental health issues and brain injuries.

Adult abuse websites & helplines

There are specialist organisations that help people who are experiencing abuse:

  • Samaritans
  • Sheffield Domestic Abuse Partnership
  • Victim Support
  • Refuge (for women)
  • VIDA (for women)
  • Women’s Aid
  • Men’s Advice Line
  • Action on Elder Abuse
  • Ann Craft Trust (for people with learning disabilities)
  • Galop (LGBT)

Safeguarding adults' information for professionals

If you are a professional and would like to find out more information on safeguarding adults please see our Safeguarding adults' training, or the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Contact the First Contact Team

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Howden House 1 Union Street Sheffield S1 2SH