Adult Protection

The Diocese of Ely are committed to protecting Adults at risk.

Safeguarding Adults duties apply when an adult (person aged 18 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. (Source: Care Act – 2014)

Adult abuse is often largely unreported. Adult abuse can consist of domestic abuse, slavery, human trafficking, a persons home being taken over for the use of drugs (commonly called cuckooing), money being withheld or taken for another’s’ use, or neglect.

Whilst every person has a fundamental right to confidentiality in regards to their private lives, this is not an absolute right if certain criteria are met which denotes information should be shared, i.e.  concerns an adult is being taken advantage of and being left no money to feed themselves. Assurances as to the confidentiality of the information given should never be made.

If a crime has or is thought likely to be committed, the information should be shared without fail. This is for a lawful purpose  – to prevent and hopefully stop any further crime(s) taking place. Sometimes this is also referred to as safeguarding.

If a person is likely to put themselves or others at risk i.e. they have made threats to kill themselves and others, this should be shared to prevent harm to the subject and others.

Likewise, those that do my possess mental capacity will have decisions made on their behalf in order to keep themselves safe. However, if it is thought that the person may regain capacity at some stage, the least restrictive measures should be put in place. When they regain mental capacity, the person in question should be made aware as to what measures where put in place to protect them and the reasons why.

Information that is shared about a person to prevent harm or offences happening to them should be shared on a, “need to know basis”. Put simply, means that only those that really need to be aware of the information will be told i.e. Police or Social Services.

Further to, professional agencies will have to consider the Data Protection Act principles when they make decisions regarding the sharing of information. All all cases, consent of the individual that the information is about should be sought. When this is not possible either because consent will not be given or the person the information is about is deceased, the receiving agency will have to satisfy themselves that the request is a legitimate one and that it serves a purpose – i.e. to keep someone safe or to prevent a crime. If the agency do not think it a legitimate request or one which could prevent harm, then applicant seeking the information may have to consider a court order application.

If you have any concerns that a person or over is being abused, contact must be made with Norfolk Social Services immediately. Social Services are contactable on 0344 800 8020

Or alternatively, please click on the link below which will direct you to Norfolk Council Adult Protection concerns page

Alternatively, please contact the local safeguarding leads,

Christine Hale, 01553 810385 07523133120 or for Immediate concerns only – 07955188560