Safeguarding adults

Everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse, but not everyone can protect themselves.

If you are:

  • an adult experiencing abuse or neglect
  • concerned about an adult experiencing abuse or neglect

please contact us on 0300 1234 131. (Out of hours number 01208 251300.) Alternatively, you can contact us here

For information on safeguarding children, see our child protection page.

If you’re an adult experiencing abuse or neglect contact us on 0300 1234 131 or contact us here. You can also contact us if you’re concerned about an adult who may be experiencing abuse or neglect.

We will listen to what you have to say and will ask you questions to make sure we understand your concerns.

You can find out more about types of abuse and how to get help in stopping abuse in our easy read guide.

Say no to abuse leaflet

Concerns about an adult on the Isles of Scilly

Contact the Council of the Isles of Scilly Adult Social Care department on 0300 1234 105 or if out of hours, on 01720 422699.

Find more help

You can find other organisations that may be able to provide support or help in our Cornwall Care and Support Directory.

Information for Professionals

Making an interagency adults safeguarding referral

All professionals must complete

for advice. 

You will receive a written response to your referral.

Interagency adults safeguarding referral form

Making a High Risk Behaviour Referral -  for professionals to use when referring a person to  the High Risk Behaviour Panel.
Email to

The Truth Project in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

The Truth Project is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. This examines how organisations in England and Wales may have failed to protect children. 

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Home Office has produced some promotional material. This is to raise public awareness and encourage reporting of potential victims.

Local Policies

You can view Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board's:

  • local safeguarding adults policies
  • standards and guidance
  • SAR reports

on the SAB website.


Find out more about national policy and legislation below;

You can view national safeguarding adults policies and guidance using the links below.  

Department of Health safeguarding adults documents

Crown Prosecution Service documents

Policy documents and research

Care Quality Commission documents


Resources from Social Care Institute for Excellence

Social Care TV

Social Care TV an online channel for everyone involved in the social care sector.

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