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The County Durham Safeguarding Adults Inter-Agency Partnership is a range of public authorities who share a duty to keep adults in County Durham safe from abuse, harm and neglect.

We have the following goals:

  • encourage people to report abuse
  • protect people who experience abuse
  • prevent abuse from happening
  • deal effectively with perpetrators

Many incidents are not reported so we are unable to offer support and protection. Adult protection aims to ensure that people's lives are free from violence, harassment, humiliation and degradation.

We want to hear from you if you have any concerns, for example, if you suspect or see ill treatment of any sort when the victim is a vulnerable person. Reporting abuse to Social Care Direct is very simple and straight forward even if you wish remain anonymous.

Our partners

We know that we have to work together to be effective. We have a multi-agency Safeguarding Adults Board which includes people from leading statutory organisations to oversee this work:

The statutory agencies for SAB are:

Other agencies include:

The Safeguarding Adults Board has an independent chair.

Communication and Engagement Strategy

We have produced the following Icon for pdf Communication and Engagement Strategy (PDF, 1.5mb) .  This strategy set out what we will do to improve engagement and raise awareness, promoting key messages about safeguarding adults.

Annual Report

Our Icon for pdf SAB Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF, 2.3mb)  contains an overview of our work and achievements over the last 12 months.

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