The duty of care for safeguarding rests with all public services that have contact with the general public.

A fundamental role for the police is the prevention, identification, investigation, and detection of criminal offences against adults at risk.

Our Safeguarding Adults Investigation Team (SAIT) investigate allegations of crime committed against an adult at risk by a person in a position of trust or someone with a responsibility of care.

What is an adult at risk?

Anyone aged 18 or over who;

  • has needs for care and support (even if these needs are not being met)
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect and as a result of their needs is unable to protect themself.

Abuse can take the form of physical, sexual, financial, neglect, emotional, psychological and discriminatory nature.

What to do if you think that an adult at risk is being abused

For Wiltshire

Contact the Wiltshire Council Social Care Help Desk on 0300 456 0111 or email If you are calling out of hours then please call the Emergency Duty Service on 0845 607 0888

For Swindon

Contact the Swindon Borough Council Adult Safeguarding Team on 01793 463 555 or email If you are calling out of hours you can call the Emergency Duty Service on 01793 436699

If there is a danger to life, a risk of imminent injury or a crime is currently taking place, call 999 immediately

What other support is available?

If the adult at risk is living in a registered care home or receiving domiciliary (home) care services, you can contact the Care Quality Commission (CQC)  on  03000 616 161.

If you are seeing a public service professional, such as a social worker, community nurse, GP, probation officer or district nurse, you can share your concerns with them.

Please see the useful links on this page for further advice.

Print Share