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Safeguarding Adults & Children

Cheshire East Safeguarding Adults Board

The safeguarding of children and at risk adults is everyone's responsibility. The information on this page includes guides on what to do and who to contact if you are worried that a child or at risk adult is being abused.

The Cheshire East Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency forum which defines how the different services and professional groups will co-operate to safeguard adults at risk of abuse or neglect across the borough.

To improve the outcome of safeguarding, the board monitors safeguarding processes and ensures suitable mechanisms are in place to identify abuse or inadequate care, to support vulnerable people at risk and to facilitate the planning and implementation of joint preventative strategies.

The Adult Safeguarding Board will help and support individual agencies in meeting their responsibilities by:

  • producing a business plan to provide a framework for all multi-agency activities within safeguarding.
  • producing a comprehensive range of publicity information in accordance with the marketing strategy.
  • producing a multi-agency training strategy
  • producing an Annual Report.

The patient and carer perspective

Why is it my responsibility?

Safeguarding at risk adults and children is the responsibility of all staff (employed, contracted and who volunteer) who during the course of their job come directly or indirectly into contact with at risk adults and children.

What defines a vulnerable child?

  • children who are unlikely to achieve or maintain, or have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision for them of social care services,
  • children whose health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision for them of social care services,
  • children who have a physical or mental impairment,
  • children who are in the care of a public authority, or
  • children who are provided with accommodation by a public authority in order to secure their well-being

What defines an at risk adult?

An at risk adult is a person aged 18 or over, who is/may be unable to protect him or herself against significant harm due to age, illness or disability (e.g. physical impairment, learning disability, mental health condition).

The Care Act 2014 sets out that the overarching objective of a Safeguarding Adult Board (SAB) is to ensure that local safeguarding arrangements and partners act to help and protect adults in its area who have needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs and are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect and as a result of those care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

What is abuse?

Types of Abuse

The board recognises that abuse may take many forms and its impact on the person concerned is what matters. Abuse may include:

Physical abuse – including assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.

Domestic Abuse – including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based violence.

Sexual abuse – including rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.

Psychological abuse – including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, cyber bullying, isolation or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or supportive networks.

Financial or material abuse – including theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment

Discriminatory abuse – including forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment; because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Organisational abuse – including neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, for example, or in relation to care provided in one’s own home. This may range from one off incidents to on-going ill-treatment. It can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation.

Neglect and acts of omission – including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational.

It is the duty of anyone suspecting abuse of a vulnerable child or adult to report it appropriately. Click the link below to find out what to do.


CCG Safeguarding Contacts:

Moira McGrath



Moira McGrath

Designated Nurse for
Safeguarding Children           

07721 510920                  


Lindsay Ratapana

Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults

07917 506419