Sometimes adults with care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from the risk or experience of abuse or neglect.

'Safeguarding' is a term that describes the process for protecting them, and it is covered by law.

The Care Act 2014 (GOV.UK) sets out the safeguarding responsibilities of local services who must work together to safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices, and having control about how they want to live.


If you are at risk, or suspect that someone else is;

Telephone the Gloucestershire Adults Help Desk on (01452) 426868 or email

If you have reason to believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk from harm please contact the Police on 999.

If you have any concerns about a particular child or young person and feel that they may be in need of protection or safeguarding, please contact;

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) & Community Social Work Team on 01452 426565 and select option 3