Safeguarding adults

Bromley CCG works with health service providers and a range of other local agencies in Bromley to make sure that vulnerable adults in the Borough are protected.

What is a vulnerable adult?


Some adults are less able to protect themselves than others, and some have difficulty making their wishes and feelings known. This may make them more vulnerable to abuse. A vulnerable adult can be defined as someone 18 years of age or over who is or may be:

  • in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness
  • unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

How are vulnerable adults protected in Bromley NHS services?


Adult safeguarding in Bromley, including Bromley NHS services, is led through the Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board whose members include the local authority, the police, and the criminal justice system. All partners work together to safeguard vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board aims to protect and support vulnerable adults by:

  • improving awareness and recognition of abuse within partner agencies and by the general public in Bromley
  • developing, monitoring and reviewing safeguarding procedures and practice within the borough
  • promoting effective multi-agency partnership to deliver successful prevention and support to adults vulnerable to abuse.

Useful Information

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by the Metropolitan Police which encourages carers to compile information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing. More information on the scheme can be found here.

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