​​Safeguarding adults

Protecting vulnerable adults in Lewisham

We are committed to protecting adults at risk.

An adult at risk is defined as a person over the age of 18 years or over who is in need of care and support regardless of whether they are receiving support, and because of those needs are unable to protect themselves against abuse or neglect. The safeguarding of adults at risk is an integral part of the NHS services we plan, buy and monitor (commission) in Lewisham.

We have designated safeguarding professionals in place for safeguarding adults supporting all aspects of this work and works according to the principles laid down in the Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS Accountability and Assurance Framework (2015) which outlines the roles and responsibilities of the health service. 

The Lewisham CCG Accountable Officer ensures that the responsibility to safeguard and prevention of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults is discharged effectively across the whole health economy through Lewisham CCGs commissioning arrangements.

The six principles that underpin all safeguarding work are:

  • Empowerment Adults are encouraged to make their own decisions and are provided with support and information 
  • Prevention Strategies are developed to prevent abuse and neglect that promotes resilience and self determination 
  • Proportionate A proportionate and least intrusive response is made balanced with the level of risk 
  • Protection Adults are offered ways to protect themselves and there is a coordinated response to adult safeguarding
  • Partnership Local solutions through services working together within their communities 
  • Accountability Accountability and transparency in delivering a safeguarding response 

Safeguarding is fundamentally about managing risk surrounding the well being and safety of the individual.

What to do if you have a concern about an adult:

Anyone can report a concern about an adult. Any concerns should be reported to:

London Borough of Lewisham Social Care Advice and Information
T: 020 8314 7777 (Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm)
mail: SCAIT@lewisham.gov.uk (Lewisham Social Care and Information Team). 

In an emergency always dial 999.

You can also get advice from Fiona Mitchell at fiona.mitchell19@nhs.net.

For more information on safeguarding adults in Lewisham:

The Six Safeguarding Principles
Domestic Violence
Types and indicators of abuse and neglect
The Care Act 2014
Mental Capacity, Consent and Safeguarding
Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board
A Guide for General Practitioners
Safeguarding Training

Modern day Slavery in London - Duty to protect  For more information about modern day slavery please via http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/victims-of-human-trafficking

Reporting Modern Day Slavery

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), formerly Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom.  If you have any suspicions of human trafficking, forced labour or worker exploitation you should report it immediately.

You can contact:

The GLAA - 0800 432 0804 or 0115 959 7032 (outside office hours)

Email: intelligence@glaa.gsi.gov.uk

The Police - 101, or in the case of an emergency 999

Crimestoppers - 0800 012 1700

Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Centre - 0844 778 2406

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