The Adult Safeguarding Risk Assessment tool is designed to assist practitioners in considering:

  • the vulnerability of the adult at risk and the seriousness of the abuse that is occuring; and
  • the impact of the abuse and the risk of it recurring.

It is not designed to determine further actions, but rather to provide guidance and key considerations for practitioners who are assessing and managing risk.  Practitioners should always seek advice from agency Safeguarding Leads when unsure what action should be taken in relation to concerns they may have.

Safeguarding procedures should be used to not only react to significant harm occuring, but also to prevent it from occuring where there are clear indicators of vulnerability and risk.  Careful assessment of past information may indicate that although significant harm has not occured on this occasion, it is highly likely to in the future.  Therefore, a multi-agency response following safeguarding procedures is the best course of action.

This service monitoring checklist sets out examples of potential indicators for concern within provider settings.

The areas of care listed may highlight that care is neglectful and could be harmful to residents.

This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it.

This document explains the need to share information to support the functions of the Safeguarding Adults Board in Somerset and includes a useful flow chart of when and how to share information

The checklist below lists the type of information to think about at the initial stage of responding to a safeguarding concern: