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Monday 25 March 2019
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Adults and Safeguarding

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding adults in our communities who may be at risk from abuse and neglect. We work very closely with Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council in safeguarding adults who use our services.

Who might be at risk from abuse?

Some adults may not be able to take care of themselves very well or protect themselves from abuse or exploitation. This includes:

  • People with mental ill health
  • People with learning disabilities or physical disabilities
  • People who, because of illness or age depend on others for care
  • People with dementia
  • People with long term health needs
  • People who misuse drugs or alcohol.

What do we mean by abuse?

Abuse can take many forms. Abuse can happen anywhere and at any time and can be committed by anyone. It includes:

  • Physical abuse – being hit, slapped, punched or kicked on purpose
  • Sexual abuse – being involved in sexual activity that is not wanted or not understood
  • Emotional abuse – being humiliated, threatened, controlled, isolated, intimidated, verbally abused or prevented from receiving support from services
  • Neglect – not being provided with food, clothing, attention or care, preventing access to health, social care services or education or misusing medication
  • Discrimination – being treated unfairly because of gender, race, culture, background, age, disability, sexuality or illness.
  • Financial abuse – theft or misuse of money, property or personal possessions, pressure in connection with property, inheritance or wills or in entering financial agreements.

If you suspect an adult is at risk of abuse, or if you are experiencing abuse, you can access help on the following numbers: 

  • Derbyshire Adult Social Care – 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190 (lines open 24 hours)
  • Derby City Adult Social Care – 01332 717777 (between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or 01332 786968 (between 5pm and 9am Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday & Sunday.


If you think something needs to be done straight away to protect yourself or another adult of abuse, please ring 999

This guidance relates to adults (people who are aged 18 years or over). If you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person, please access advice through the link on the right-hand side of the page Children and Safeguarding.