Child at risk of abuse

Worried about a Child or Young Person? If a child or young person is at risk of harm, abuse, or neglect please report it to Blackpool Safeguarding Safeguarding Blackpool ( 


Telephone: 01253 477299

Adults at risk of abuse

Who is an adult at risk?

An adult at risk is someone who:

  • Is aged 18 or over
  • Has needs for care and support
  • May lack mental capacity to ask for care and support themselves
  • Is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or experiencing abuse or neglect

Examples of an ‘adult at risk’

An adult at risk would include those who are unable to protect themselves as a result of their care and support needs, for example:

  • Someone who has a learning disability
  • Someone who has a physical disability and/or a sensory impairment
  • Has mental health needs and may require assistance to make particular decisions 
  • Has a long term illness / condition
  • An older person who is frail due to physical disability, cognitive impairment or ill health
  • Misuses substances / alcohol

Where could abuse happen?

Abuse can happen anywhere, for example

  • Your own home or someone else’s home
  • Day centre
  • In resdiential / care homes
  • Hospital
  • Work
  • College
  • Public places

Who might be an abuser?

  • partner, relative or family member
  • volunteer
  • staff member
  • neighbour
  • carer
  • friend 
  • stranger

Types of abuse

  • Physical or domestic abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission
  • Self-neglect

How do I share concerns about an adult at risk?

If you believe an adult is at risk of neglect or abuse please contact:

Adult Social Care Team: 01253 477592 or 
Emergency out of hours Team: 01253 477600.

If they are in immediate danger, please contact the Police: 999.

To make a referral in to Adult social care, please click here.

What happens next?

They will look into your concern and where necessary work with the adult at risk and other agencies.

They will agree a plan with them in a way they want, that helps keep them safe.


People who lack capacity or who have difficulty in understanding or participating in the safeguarding process have the right to an advocate to help them voice their opinions and represent them. This can be a suitable family member or friend or – if there is no one who is available an independent advocate can be contracted by the Local Authority to help and support them.


Domestic Abuse – National Helplines

Freephone 24h National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge on 0808 247 2000, or visit

Karma Nirvana-Honour Network Helpline: For forced marriage and “honour” based abuse 0800 599 9247

Broken Rainbow: helpline for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans victims 0300 999 5428

Men’s Advice Line: helpline for male victims 0808 801 0327

Respect: National helpline for perpetrators who want to change their behaviour 0808 802 4040

Childline: Helpline for children and young people 0800 1111

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428

Galop: 0800 999 5428 (national helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic abuse)

Forced Marriage Unit: 0207 008 0151

Fylde Coast Womens Aid: 01253 596699  Fylde Coast Women’s Aid – Fylde Coast Women’s Aid – FCWA 

Domestic Abuse – Online Support and Apps

Women’s Aid: Online chat service
The Hide Out: A space to help children and young people understand domestic abuse
Hollieguard: A personal safety app

Chayn: Provides online tools, information, courses and support for people experiencing abuse. Their Soul Medicine courses provide bite-sized support, a secure Telegram channel to provide particular support during this time. The DIY Online Safety Guide details how to secure devices or clear browsing history after accessing support.

Bright Sky app is currently available in English, Urdu, Punjabi or Polish and is free to download. Providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.