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Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Safeguarding is protecting an adult’s right to live and work in an environment which is safe, free from abuse and neglect.

Hampshire’s Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) is made up of professionals from the local authority, the police, health services and other local organisations who work together to prevent abuse and neglect to safeguard vulnerable adults across our county.

What is Abuse?

Abuse can happen anywhere and can be carried out by anyone. This could be family, friends, neighbours, paid staff, carers or volunteers. It could also be other service users, tenants or strangers. Abuse is anything that harms another person and might include:

  • Physical abuse such as hitting, pushing, locking someone in a room.

  • Verbal abuse such as shouting, swearing.

  • Emotional abuse such as bullying, taunting or humiliating someone.

  • Sexual abuse such as inappropriate touching, forcing someone to take part in any sexual act against their will.

  • Financial abuse such as misusing, withholding or taking someone’s money.

  • Neglect such as not providing necessary food, care or medicine.

  • Discrimination such as ill treatment due to the person’s age, gender, disability or religious beliefs.

The HSAB website provides information about how to stay safe and well and how to protect people with care and support needs from abuse and neglect. It offers:

  • Information and advice for people with care and support needs on how to report a concern.

  • Advice for relatives, friends and those who care for people who are vulnerable.

  • Information for professionals working in social care, health, the police and other agencies to help you safeguard adults at risk.

If you are looking for information about safeguarding children, please visit

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