Every adult deserves to have their rights and choices respected and to live without fear of abuse. Some people are more vulnerable to abuse or neglect, or are less able to make their feelings known, due to a variety of personal circumstances, including but not limited to:
- A learning/physical or sensory disability
- Being frail due to age
- A mental health problems or dementia
- A drug/alcohol problem
- A physical illness
- A brain injury
The Essex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESAB) raises awareness and promotes the welfare of vulnerable adults through the development of an effective co-operative. This group consists of representatives from a wide range of public and voluntary services. In conjunction with Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Adults Boards ESAB is responsible for the development of SET Safeguarding Adult Guidelines.
ESAB have set up the AskSAL advice line and website. SAL stands for ‘Safeguarding Adults Line’.
If you suspect a vulnerable adult is experiencing abuse, you can visit AskSAL or call them on 08452 66 66 63 for further guidance.