Vulnerable adults

We recognise the human rights of everyone to live in safety, free from harm or exploitation, in accordance with principles of respect, autonomy, equity and privacy.

Vulnerable adults are any person over 18 who is defined as vulnerable because he or she is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself against significant harm or serious exploitation.

Adult Abuse
Abuse is any act, or failure to act, which results in a significant breach of a vulnerable person’s human rights, civil liberties, body integrity, dignity or well being; including sexual relationships and financial transactions to which the person has not or cannot validly consent.

Abuse can take many forms:

  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological/emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Institutional abuse

We work in partnership with other agencies in Bromley in accordance with local Safeguarding Adults Policy and Adult Protection Procedures (revised December 2008) which is based on government guidance ‘No Secrets’ (DH 2001).

Bromley Healthcare adheres to the pan London multi-agency adult safeguarding policies and procedures in conjunction to our local policy. London multi-agency adult safeguarding policy and procedures 2016

No more secrets – please say something
If you’re worried about a vulnerable person being abused or neglected by others, please say something!

If you feel a crime has taken place call Bromley Police on Metcall 101 or in an emergency 999.

Otherwise call London Borough of Bromley’s Adult and Community Services team on 020 8461 7777 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm) Out of these hours please call 020 8464 4848 or visit:

Protecting adults at risk of abuse
The information on the London Borough of Bromley MyLife website provides much information about abuse and how to report it.

Vulnerable adults

Information on NHS UK.
SCIE Report 39: protecting adults at risk
This report outlines the London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse.