The Adult Support and Protection Act 2007 provides duties, powers and measures for the support and protection of adults who may be at risk of harm.

Adults may be being abused because they cannot manage their own well-being, property rights or interests, putting them at risk of harm.

Alternatively, they may be affected by a physical or mental disability, illness or frailty, making them more vulnerable to being harmed.

An adult is at risk of harm if:

  • Another person’s behaviour is causing or is likely to cause the adult to be harmed or

  • The adult is engaging or is likely to engage in conduct which is likely to cause self-harm

Harm includes:

  • Conduct which causes physical harm; conduct which causes sexual harm; conduct which psychological harm (e.g. by causing fear, alarm and distress)

  • Conduct which causes financial harm or which appropriates or adversely affects property, rights or interests (e.g. theft, fraud, embezzlement or extortion)

  • Conduct which causes self-harm

  • Conduct with leads an adult to be neglected or not cared for properly

  • Conduct which causes self-harm or self-neglect

If you or someone you know is being harmed, or you suspect they are being harmed – speak up immediately. The adult being harmed or neglected may not be able to report it themselves and may need someone to speak out on their behalf. There is also a chance that the person hurting them is harming other people.