Prevention of Exploitation, Abuse and Neglect


To reduce the incidence of adult exploitation, abuse and neglect through earlier intervention that delays and minimises harm.

Partnership Goals: 

  • To ensure preventative approach is adopted across the Partnership
  • To ensure support is timely and effective and referral pathways are clear and accessible
  • Prevention work is person-centred and empowers individuals to make appropriate choices and supports them to manage risks
  • Signposting to independent support and advice and advocacy is clear and timely and helps to build future resilience
  • Develop strategies that reduce the risk of abuse, as well as seeking assurance from partners.

How the Partnership will know change has been achieved:

  • Fewer cases being referred into safeguarding.
  • More positive outcomes from safeguarding cases will be seen and fewer cases will be re-referred into safeguarding.
  • There will be an improved awareness, understanding and recognition of levels of need.
  • There will be a strategic commitment across all partner agencies to ensure a coordinated approach to early help and prevention.
  • Evidence of person-centred and outcome focussed engagement with local communities to develop local strategies using a coordinated approach.

How the Partnership will achieve our Priority:

  • Partnership data is shared and informs prevention and early-intervention work
  • Outcome of S42 cases to be embedded into practice for lessons learnt measured through one-to-one supervision and in case recordings
  • Preventative strategies are employed and disseminated into practice
  • Ensuring that all referral pathways are understood and used appropriately
  • Ensure the voice of the adult with lived experiences is listened to and embedded into practice
  • Ensure professionals are able to identify vulnerable factors and potential risks as part of the needs assessment

What might abuse look like? 

Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect. The SCIE page below aims to help people who come into contact with people with care and support needs to identify abuse and recognise possible indicators. Many forms of abuse are also criminal offences and should be treated that way.