Everybody working with vulnerable people is responsible for making sure, within their Codes of Practice, that no action or omission on their part harms the wellbeing of service users.
Adult Social Care have a lead responsibility for safeguarding adult procedures in Walsall but they are part of a multi-agency partnership board developing a robust and effective response to those who are at risk of abuse and neglect.
If you, as a professional, suspect that someone is being badly treated you must tell someone about it. Your concerns will be taken seriously. Although it helps to know your name, if you are concerned about confidentiality, your identity can be withheld from the people you are worried about.
It may occur in any relationship and may result in significant harm to, or the serious exploitation of, the person subjected to the abuse.
If you are aware of any vulnerable person who has been harmed or abused or is at risk of harm you must report it.
The West Midlands local authorities have regional procedures for dealing with cases of vulnerable adult abuse. They can offer information and advice to help you in deciding what you want to do and in some cases may be able to provide you with practical help and support. The first priority will be to try and ensure that the vulnerable adult is safe.
To report a safeguarding concern please contact the initial intake team. Referral forms can be found here
Telephone: 0845 111 2922
Textphone: 0845 111 2910
Abuse is often a crime. If you think a crime has been committed contact Walsall Police.
If there is an emergency always dial 999.
To report crime or anti-social behaviour, to contact your local police station or to get police assistance in a non-emergency dial 101.
For all other police enquiries dial 0345 113 5000