Who might need support to stay safe?

There are lots of people who need extra support to stay safe. Someone may need support to stay safe now or they may need support in the future.

The Care Act 2014 says that some people must be supported to stay safe. This means that it is the law. These people may:

  • have needs for care and support

  • be experiencing, or be at risk of, abuse or neglect

  • be unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect because of their care and support needs

  • be caring for someone with care and support needs

All adults with care and support needs have the right to be supported to stay safe regardless of whether the person has care and support needs that are being met by the council, another agency or whether the person is privately funding their own support.
An adult with care and support needs may be:

  • An older person

  • A person with a physical disability, a learning difficulty or a sensory impairment

  • Someone with mental health needs, including dementia

  • A person with a long-term health condition

  • Someone who misuses substances or alcohol

  • A person who is isolated from their local community

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