Safeguarding Adults - Devon

Safeguarding adults at risk means protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop the risks and experience of abuse and neglect whilst promoting well-being and choice for everyone.

Categories of abuse are:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic Violence and abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial and material abuse
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission
  • Self-neglect

NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group Safeguarding Adults

Referrals and Contact Information

For referrals to Adult Social Care

Contact Care Direct

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm - 0345 155 1007
  • Out of Hours emergency duty team – 0845 6000 388
  • Email:
  • Referral form (there is currently an issue with the hosting website of this form, we hope to have this fixed shortly)

Devon and Cornwall SARC

Management Tools

Domestic abuse: see guideline
Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking

Modern Day Slavery is regarded as a national threat by the Home Office due to the threat this is poses to society, the Modern Slavery Act came into force in August 2015. Worldwide there are 35.8 million victims of slavery therefore there are more slaves today that there were in William Wilberforce's time. Women make up 71% of the world's slaves and we have an estimated 13,000 slaves in Britain (in 2013), this means that around 9,000 are women. 3,000 people are trafficked around the world in a single day and there is a new victim every 30 seconds. Devon will not be immune.

The key components of Modern Day Slavery are:

  • Child Sexual Abuse (up to the age of 18 years)
  • Adult Sexual Exploitation
  • Forced Labour
  • Domestic Servitude

If you are concerned that an individual is at risk of trafficking and modern day slavery contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. If you have immediate concerns ring the police on 999.

Also refer to Care Direct on: 0345 155 1007 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm

Out of Hours emergency duty team – 0845 6000 388

Adult Safeguarding Toolkit

Adult Safeguarding - Rules and Competencies for Healthcare staff

Prevent Exploitation Toolkit


Prevent is part of the UK's counter terrorism strategy, aimed at reducing the risk of people (including patients and /or staff) becoming involved and know who to discuss our concerns with. The strategy has four key elements:

  • Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent – to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect – to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack
  • Prepare – where a terrorist attack cannot be stopped, to lessen the impact

Refer to Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 or 999 if an emergency


Mental Capacity Information

Supporting Information

If following a referral to Adults Social Care, the referring professional is not happy with the outcome; the Local Safeguarding Adult Board Escalation Policy must be used to highlight the concerns to a higher level of management. If the referring professionals feel that following the outcome decision of the referral is not enabling the adult to remain safe it is the responsibility of that professional to escalate this further directly with the Local Authority Safeguarding Manager.

Training for GPs for safeguarding can be found on the safeguarding board's website.

Devon Safeguarding Adults Board

Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm Toolkit

Supporting National Documents

Care and support statutory guidance: changes in March 2016


Modern Day Slavery Act

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off by the Eastern Locality on behalf of NEW Devon CCG.

Publication date: July 2016

Updated: December 2019


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