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Safeguarding definition

We all want to live well and be safe in our communities. Sadly we know there are people who are more vulnerable and at greater risk of abuse and neglect.

Safeguarding is a term we use to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals, which allow people to live free from abuse, harm and neglect. We are working hard in Bromley to make safeguarding everybody’s business so that together we can better support and protect those most at risk.

The Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board is responsible for making sure there are the right services in place to keep vulnerable adults safe from harm and abuse. It is made up of health and social care professionals and the police. The Board also has representation from private, voluntary and independent organisations.

We have produced a short video on the different types of adult safeguarding issues, which shows the main types of abuse and neglect - you can watch the video below or in a separate window here.

If at any time you are concerned about the immediate safety of an adult please contact the police on 999. If you have more general concerns and want to talk to someone, please call 020 8461 7777.

Making Safeguarding Personal 

The Care Act (2014) defines safeguarding adults as protecting an adult's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) aims to make safeguarding person-centred and outcomes focused, and moves away from process- driven approaches to safeguarding. It engages in a conversation with the concerned individual on how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way encourages involvement, choice and control as well as improving their wellbeing, safety and quality of life.

For more detailed information you can visit our professionals page here

Six safeguarding principles 

The Care Act sets out the following principles that should underpin the safeguarding of adults.


People are supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.

“I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and this directly inform what happens.”


It is better to take action before any harm occurs.

“I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is. I know how to recognise the signs, and I know what I can do to seek help.”


The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.

“I am sure that the professionals will work in my interest and they will only get involved as much as is necessary.”


Support and representation for those in greatest need.

“I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want.”


Services offering local solutions through working closely with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.

“I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me.”


Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.

“I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they.”


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