Safeguarding adults is the term used to describe services to protect an adult who is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect, and to investigate concerns raised. This includes people who are over the age of 18 years of age who:
- may need health or social care support to maintain their independence and wellbeing, and
- may be unable to take care of him or herself, or
- are unable to protect him or herself against harm or exploitation
Safeguarding adults work is overseen by the Leeds Safeguarding Adults Partnership, which includes a wide range of organisations. To go to their website, please see the External links section. Other websites may also be of help to you, also found under External links. You can read more about safeguarding in the Documents section.
How to report or ask about safeguarding:
- If you think someone is in imminent danger from abuse or neglect, dial 999 and ask for the police or the ambulance
- If you think a crime has been committed but there is no immediate danger, dial 101 to report it to the police
- If you are concerned about someone’s safety because of suspected abuse or neglect, and want it to be investigated so that the person can have support to protect themselves, call the Contact Centre to make a safeguarding referral. Call them on 0113 222 4401 (Minicom: 222 4410) Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. On weekends, Bank Holidays, and all other times you can call the Emergency Duty Team on 0113 240 9536
- If you want advice about whether something may be a safeguarding issue or not, you can call the Safeguarding Adults Advice Line on 0113 224 3511. Lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday.
You can email us by email using the Contact us form or write to us at the following address:
Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board
4th Floor East
110 Merrion House
If you have a concern or query about children's safeguarding, then please look at our 'keeping children safe' page in the Related Pages section.