Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Safeguarding adults is a key part of the function of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Definition of an adult at risk 

People’s well being is at the heart of the care and support system under the Care Act 2014, and the prevention of abuse and neglect is one of the elements identified as going to make up a person’s well being. 

In the context of the legislation, specific adult safeguarding duties apply to any adult at risk is someone who: 

  • has care and support needs and 
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect and 
  • is unable to protect themselves because of their care and support needs. 

An adult with care and support who is at risk may: 

  • Have impaired mental capacity 
  • Have a physical disability 
  • Be frail due to age or infirmity 
  • Have a learning disability 
  • Misuse alcohol or other substances 
  • Have mental health needs including dementia or a personality disorder 
  • Be a carer subject to abuse 
  • Otherwise be in need of care or support. 

In Bexley we are committed to working in partnership with local authorities to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities. The CCG also has the job of ensuring that the organisations from which it commissions services provide a safe system that safeguards adults who are at risk. 

What does the service do? 

The Bexley Safeguarding team has regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of all adults especially those who are at risk of neglect and abuse. It does this by: 

  • Supporting the commissioning of high-quality care for patients in the most vulnerable circumstances 
  • Addressing failures in care with providers in line with the two Safeguarding Adult Boards policies and procedures 
  • Improving services to patients through learning from all serious case reviews/serious incidents and national investigations and reports, such as Winterbourne and the Francis Inquiry 
  • Improving services to patients through the involvement of vulnerable adults in the development and improvement of services. 

If you would like more information about the safeguarding adults services at South East London CCG (Bexley) please email or call 020 81765330 

How do you raise a safeguarding adults concern? 

Safeguarding concerns may be raised by anyone: 

  • The person experiencing the alleged abuse 
  • Relatives 
  • Carers 
  • Members of the general public 
  • Health and social care staff. 

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were introduced to provide legal protection for those vulnerable people with a mental disorder and a lack of capacity who are, or may become, deprived of their liberty within a hospital or care home and lack capacity to consent to being there. The safeguards exist to provide a proper legal process and suitable protection in those circumstances where, for a person’s best interests, deprivation of liberty is necessary to keep them safe. 

Contact details for London Borough of Bexley 

London Borough of Bexley safeguarding adults team is available to give advice on all matters relating to adult safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. 

To raise a Safeguarding Alert call call or email the London Borough of Bexley safeguarding Adults Team:

Tel: 020 8303 7777 (9am to 5pm) 


Address: Civic Offices, 2 Watling street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7AT 

Contact details for South East London CCG (Bexley) 

Designated Nurse for Adult Safeguarding 

Tel: 020 81765330 
Email: or 

Named GP Safeguarding Adults  


Bexley social services has a very useful page on its web site concerning safeguarding adults complete with relevant links.