Who are adults at risk of harm?

Adults who are covered by the Act are people who are 16 or over and who;

  • find it difficult to keep themselves or their property safe
  • may be at risk of harm from someone else or harm from themselves
  • are more at risk of harm than other people because they have a disability or illness or other condition

On rare occasions they are able to use legal powers to gain access to the adult in question, to remove them to somewhere safer for a while or to ban someone who may harm them from specific places.

Most importantly they will talk to the person at risk about what help and support may be available to help protect them.