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 a vulnerable adult and it requires a police response contact 999


Each Hospital and Community Health Care Service across Dorset has an Adult Safeguarding Lead whom you could contact for support and guidance if you are concerned for someone's safety whilst in NHS Care. 

More information:

Dorset Adult Safeguarding Board

Bournemouth and Poole Adult Safeguarding Board

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults Training Framework (version 3)    

Revised Prevent Duty Guidance

Working Together to Safeguard Children


Contacts for Adults and Childrens Safeguarding Teams

Safeguarding Contacts (Adult and Children)