Back to Safeguarding principles and effective practice: adults at risk of abuse and/or neglect

Prevention and early help to address any emerging concerns

Abuse and neglect can have a significant impact on adults at risk (See signs and indicators of abuse and neglect). However, early help, also referred to as early intervention, can:

It is important therefore, that early help is offered to adults whenever possible to prevent them becoming an adult at risk.

The tasks for practitioners in contact with adults who may be vulnerable to becoming adults at risk of abuse and neglect are two-fold:

and, if this is not effective:

Pointers for Practice: Identifying Adults and Their Carers Who May Require Early Interventions to Prevent the Adult Becoming an Adult at Risk of Abuse and Neglect