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Safeguarding Adults And Safeguarding Adults Board

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Safeguarding Adults And Safeguarding Adults Board

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Please note information with regard to Adult Safeguarding in Bury has been moved to the Bury Integrated Safeguarding Partnership Website

Please visit the website for more up to date information and referral forms.

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding is defined as ‘protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.’ (Care Act guidance, chapter 14). Adult Safeguarding is about preventing and responding to concerns of abuse, harm or neglect of adults.

Adult Safeguarding duties apply to any adult who:

  • Has care and support needs (irrespective of whether those needs are being supported by services), and
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
  • Is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect, because of those needs.
  • Additionally Local Authorities also now have Safeguarding responsibilities for carers.

Abuse is an act whether intentional or unintentional which harms an adult. Abuse can happen anywhere and be carried out by anyone and it can take many different forms. See the next page which explains a bit more about abuse categories and their possible indicators.

If you are suffering abuse or concerned about someone - please get in touch with the Customer Contact Centre on 0161 253 5151 or on 0161 253 6606 outside of these hours. Service available Mon - Fri 8.45am - 5.30pm or email  Professionals please complete the "Adult Abuse Reporting Form" available as a download on this page.

Alternatively, if there is a concern or query about a child or young person (under 18), please contact Bury Council children’s services on 0161 253 5678 during office hours or 0161 253 6606 outside normal office hours or email

Bury Safeguarding Adults Board

The Board is an independent board which is part of a child and adult Safeguarding collective called the "Bury Integrated Safeguarding Partnership" or BISP. The Board does not formally report to any other body. However, it is accountable for ensuring structures are in place to deliver effective adult safeguarding in Bury. The Board is made up of senior representatives from many different organisations and has 3 core duties:

1) To develop and publish a "strategic plan".

2) Publish an annual report

3) Commission Safeguarding Adult Reviews or SAR's where, for example, an at risk adult either dies or is seriously injured as a result of abuse or neglect.

Contact Details

Telephone Number

0161 253 5151 to report abuse


Referral Notes

Anyone who has any concerns about a vulnerable adult. Referral via the Customer Contact Centre on 0161 253 5151. 

Service Information


Bury & Local Area

Target Audiences:

Adults, Older people (over 65), Adult carers

Support Groups:

Physical impairment, Learning difficulties, Autism, Visual impairment, Hearing impairment, Mental health conditions, Communication impairment

Links for information

Last updated 20th September 2023

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