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Safeguarding adults

Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business.

safeguarding Adults

What is a 'vulnerable' adult?

Vulnerable adults are people who are vulnerable because of their mental health, physical or learning disability, age or illness. They may find it difficult to protect themselves from abuse. Everybody can help vulnerable adults to live free from harm.

What is abuse?

Abuse is when someone hurts you or treats you badly. Abuse is always wrong. Abuse can be:

Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Financial or Neglect.

If you think you are being abused or neglected, you should tell:

  • someone in your family
  • a nurse, doctor or social worker
  • a member of staff (if you live in a residence with staff caring for or watching over you)
  • a friend or neighbour
  • an advocate or support group (Webcas, Samaritans, Crossing Bridges, Berkshire Women’s Aid)
  • or you can telephone one of numbers below:

If you suspect that a vulnerable adult you know is being abused, call:

If you live in Reading:                       0118 9373747
If you live in West Berkshire:            01635 503050
If you live in Bracknell:                     01344 351500
If you live in South Oxfordshire:         0845 0507666
If you live in Wokingham:                  0118 974 6800
If you live in Slough:                         01753 690400
If you live in Windsor / Maidenhead:   01628 683744  

The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board covers the three local authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. It is a statutory mechanism for ensuring that there is a robust multi-agency safeguarding framework in place and for monitoring the effect this has on protecting adults. 

The main objective of the Board, as set out by the Care Act 2014, is to gain assurance that local safeguarding arrangements help and protect adults with care and support needs who are at risk of or experiencing abuse.  The Board aims to make sure that all of the organisations involved have effective safeguarding policies and procedures and work together in the best way possible to protect adults at risk. The Trust is an active member of the board and its sub group. 

If you think the situation is urgent because someone is at immediate risk of harm, take yourself out of danger, and dial 999 for the police.

Useful Contacts

Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust
Craven Road
Reading
RG1 5AN

0118 322 5111

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