The law and gaining access to an adult suspected of being at risk of neglect or abuse: a guide for social workers and their managers in England

Published: October 2014

At some point during the making of enquiries by the local authority, legal powers may be required to gain access to the person known or suspected to be experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect.

The following legal powers may be relevant, depending on the circumstances:

More detail as to the application and limitation of these legal powers follows in the sections below.

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