Prevention and safeguarding in local communities

What do we mean by adult safeguarding?

Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person, all of us need to sign up to this principle and to follow it in acting as good neighbours and citizens. All agencies and organisations across Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth must be committed to preventing abuse and neglect, raising safeguarding concerns and putting adults at the centre of our work.

Adult safeguarding means protecting and upholding the health, wellbeing and human rights of all adults, with additional duties towards adults with care and support needs and at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect, enabling them to live safely. Adult safeguarding is everyone’s business and we all have a role to play.

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We are delighted to introduce National Safeguarding Adults Week with our video that provides information about abuse, how to recognise it and how to report concerns.


What is my role in safeguarding?

As part of Safeguarding Adults Week, you are encouraged to enhance your knowledge about safeguarding and consider your role.

Safeguarding refers to measures designed to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals. These measures allow children, young people and adults at risk to live free from abuse, harm and neglect. See how you can make a difference on the Ann Craft Trust website.

Information about local services

Connect to Support Hampshire is an online information and advice guide and directory of services for adult residents in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton to find information, advice and services to manage their own care and wellbeing. You can find out about local groups, activities and services within your community as well as formal care provision.

The Healthwatch Portsmouth directory, delivered in partnership with HIVE Portsmouth gives regularly updated information on health and social care services, voluntary and community sector activities in Portsmouth.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) support

Local support and advice on coronavirus is available from Portsmouth City Council’s website.

Links and resources for keeping safe

  • Doorstep crime – information from Hampshire Police
  • Blue Lamp Trust Bobby scheme – a practical service which aims to bring peace of mind to the vulnerable and elderly, providing reassurance or restoring a sense of security within their own home particularly after a burglary.
  • Fire Safety and Safe and Well visits – Hampshire Fire Service Safe and Well is a Home Fire Safety visit that’s tailored to an individual’s needs, relating to their health and lifestyle choices. This is available to people with vulnerabilities that may indicate that they are at more risk of harm from fire. This visit is free of charge and will include a customer-made information pack, installation of new fire alarms and a check of existing fire alarms, issue of fire retardant bedding, furniture throws and nightwear and, if appropriate, a referral to other services for a professional assessment.
  • Telephone Preference Service – the official central opt out register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
  • Mail Preference Service is free and funded by the direct mail industry to enable consumers to have their names and home addresses removed from lists used by the industry.
  • Lasting Power of Attorney – the Let’s Plan Ahead (LPA) campaign is aimed at raising awareness and driving the uptake of Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare. It provides a range of resources explaining the legal arrangements around making a Lasting Power of Attorney. Once you have these arrangements in place you can rest assured that somebody you know and trust, who knows your wishes, will be able to make decisions in your best interests.