Keeping safe from abuse

Vulnerable adults

Everyone has the right to live without fear of being abused and with their rights and choices respected.

A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to take care of themselves, protect themselves from harm or prevent themselves from being exploited.

Adults can be vulnerable because they:

  • have a mental health problem or mental illness, including dementia
  • have a physical disability
  • have a sensory impairment
  • have a learning disability
  • are old and frail
  • are experiencing a temporary illness

A vulnerable adult may find it hard to make their wishes and feelings known. This can make them vulnerable to abuse. It may also mean that they are not able to make their own decisions or choices.

If you suspect a crime has been committed you should call the police.