There are many situations where a vulnerable adult could be subject to neglect or abuse. If you're concerned about someone - you should report it as follows:
- If the person is in immediate danger, call 999. Remember to say a vulnerable adult is involved.
- Call Social Care Direct on 03000 26 79 79. An officer will listen carefully to what you say, give advice and take a safeguarding referral if necessary, even when the caller wishes to remain anonymous. The officer will take prompt action if the adult is in immediate danger.
- If you are a patient or visitor to a hospital or other health setting, you should immediately report your concerns to a member of staff.
If you're concerned about domestic abuse, find out more on our Domestic abuse pages.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
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When there is serious risk of injury, risk of serious damage to property, or a crime in progress, always dial 999.
Remember, you should only dial 999 in an emergency.