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Report a concern about an adult

Safeguarding is defined as 'protecting an adult's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.' (Care Act guidance, chapter 14). Adult safeguarding is about preventing and responding to concerns of abuse, harm or neglect of adults.

Adult safeguarding duties apply to any adult who:

  • has care and support needs (irrespective of whether those needs are being supported by services), and
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
  • is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect, because of those needs.

Additionally Local Authorities also now have safeguarding responsibilities for carers.


Abuse is an act whether intentional or unintentional which harms an adult. Abuse can happen anywhere and be carried out by anyone and it can take many different forms. See the next page which explains a bit more about abuse categories and their possible indicators.

If you are suffering abuse or concerned about someone - please contact Adult Social Care on 0161 253 5151. This service is available Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 or email If you need to contact Adult Social Care about an urgent issue outside of these hours, please call the out-of-hours service on 0161 253 6606.

Professionals please complete the referral form below.

Please note this is not a referral for a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR), you can read more about this process, and access the SAR referral here.

You can read more about the Multi Agency Risk Management (MARM) Strategic Risk Panel, and access the MARM referral here