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Protecting vulnerable adults

We’re committed to safeguarding vulnerable adults and tackling crimes against them. Our adult abuse investigation unit is dedicated to investigating adult abuse in Cambridgeshire.

Our force is part of Cambridgeshire’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which involves us working with partners such as social care, to provide a safeguarding response where vulnerable adults have been, or are at risk of, being abused.

Report concerns of adult abuse

We want you to help us protect vulnerable adults across Cambridgeshire by reporting any concerns to us. It could be your grandparent, another elderly relative or even a neighbour and we urge you to look out for tell-tale signs of abuse such as;

  • changes in behaviour
  • outstanding bills
  • high credit card bills
  • physical injuries such as bruises
  • becoming withdrawn or isolated.

Report your concerns to us online or call us on 101. If you feel someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.

You can also find more details and alternative methods of reporting concerns for a vulnerable adult by visiting these websites;

Types of adult abuse

Abuse can happen anywhere: in a residential or nursing home, a hospital, the work place, a day centre, an educational establishment, in supported housing or in the street.

There are 10 main categories of abuse which include;

  • physical
  • domestic
  • sexual
  • psychological
  • financial
  • modern slavery
  • discriminatory
  • organisational
  • neglect
  • self-neglect.

Care Act 2014

We work in line with the Care Act 2014 which puts the responsibility on police, local authorities, the clinical commissioning group and its partners to work together to safeguard vulnerable adults.

The act states our duty is to safeguard and protect adults who;

  • need care and support
  • are experiencing, or are at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • are unable to protect themselves from either the risk or the experience of abuse or neglect.

Vulnerable adults video - transcript



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