Safeguarding Adults

The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect, it is the most significant piece of legislation in our sector since the establishment of the welfare state.

It builds on a patchwork of legislation built up since the 1948 National Assistance Act. The Act begins by defining the primary responsibility of local authorities as the promotion of individual wellbeing.

For further information about the Care Act please watch this video.

The Care Act sets out responsibilities for local authorities have new safeguarding duties. They must:

  • Lead a multi-agency local adult safeguarding system that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect and stop it quickly when it happens.
  • Make enquiries, or request others to make them, when they think an adult with care and support needs may be at risk of abuse or neglect and they need to find out what action may be needed.
  • Establish Safeguarding Adults Boards, including the local authority, NHS and police, which will develop, share and implement a joint safeguarding strategy.
  • Carry out Safeguarding Adults Reviews when someone with care and support needs dies as a result of neglect or abuse and there is a concern that the local authority or its partners could have done more to protect them.
  • Arrange for an independent advocate to represent and support a person who is the subject of a safeguarding enquiry or review, if required.

If you need help

Please see our page which tells you how to contact Trafford Adult Social Care. The TSSP Adult Threshold guidance is available here.

If you or another adult is in immediate danger, then call the police on 999.


Advocacy Focus are the commissioned Independent Advocates for those within Trafford. Advocacy is supporting a person so that their voice can be heard. Advocacy Focus provide a service to help people understand their rights and express their views.

They have created Easy Read booklets to help understand the help they can provide which includes:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Relevant Person's Representative
  • Care Act Advocacy
  • NHS & Social Care Complaints Advocacy

Resources for professionals are also available.