Adult protection significant case reviews: interim framework

Framework to support a consistent approach to conducting adult protection significant case reviews and improve the dissemination and application of learning both locally and nationally. This framework is for all partners.

Definition of an adult at risk of harm

'The Act' refers throughout to an "adult", and at Section 53, the term "adult" means a person aged 16 or over, and an Adult at Risk is defined in Section 3(1) as those who:

  • are unable to safeguard their own well-being, property, rights or other interests
  • are at risk of harm
  • because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness or physical or mental infirmity are more vulnerable to being harmed than adults who are not so affected



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