Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Adults At Risk

Adult safeguarding is about protecting vulnerable individuals from abuse across a number of settings, including financial, emotional, physical abuse and neglect. Abuse can happen anywhere - it may be deliberate or unintentional.

Our role is to work closely with other organisations including Local Authorities, Police and providers of health and social care services, to identify and prevent abuse from occuring and, to work to ensure that vulnerable adults are able to lead a safe quality of life. Working in partnership with all care providers allows us to realise our aim of commissioning services that treat individuals with dignity and respect, whilst ensuring they are included in decisions around their care. This allows them to achieve choice and control to make their own decisions as far as possible.

The Local Authority leads on Safeguarding across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole and works in very close partnership with us, to investigate any safeguarding concerns. So, if you think someone is or may be at risk you can alert our Adult Safeguarding teams.

Who to contact if you are concerned for the safety of someone you are looking after:

Social Care:  
Dorset County Council  01305 221016
Care Direct – Bournemouth Borough Council  01202 454979
Help Desk – Poole Borough Council  01202 633902
Out of Hours  01202 657279
In an emergency:  
If a vulnerable adult is potentially seriously injured 999
If someone is threatening to harm the vulnerable adult  999

The Adult Safeguarding Nurse Specialist for the NHS Dorset CCG is
Verena Cooper who is contactable on 01305 213515 to offer support to all members of the CCG and Primary Care.

Each Hospital across Dorset has an Adult Safeguarding Lead whom you could contact for support and guidance if you are concerned for someone’s safety. Whilst they are a patient in hospital, ask how to contact their Adult Safeguarding Lead.

More information:

Dorset Adult Safeguarding Board

Bournemouth and Poole Adult Safeguarding Board

CCG Adult and Children Safeguarding policy                                                                             

Contacts for Adults and Childrens Safeguarding Teams

Safeguarding Contacts (Adult and Children)