Identifying tenants with care and support needs

Guidance for frontline housing staff and contractors

Adult safeguarding is the process of protecting adults with care and support needs from abuse or neglect.

What do you need to know?

Who might be at risk?

A person who:

What causes people to be at risk?

Older people or people with disabilities are more likely to be abused or neglected. They may be seen as an easy target and may be less likely to identify abuse themselves or to report it, for fear of the consequences. They may also be subjected to hate-motivated harassment or domestic abuse. Research shows that disabled women experience more abuse than those who are not disabled. [8]

People may become vulnerable to abuse at any point due to physical or mental ill health, acquired disability, old age or environmental factors, such as poverty and anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, people with care and support needs may have difficulty escaping abuse due to their reliance on the abuser, adapted accommodation or the lack of suitable alternative accommodation and care provision. [9] Many people with care and support needs live in sheltered, supported or extra-care housing but a high, and increasing, proportion of people with care and support needs live in general needs housing. [10]


Department of Health fact sheet 3: The Care Bill – Assessments and eligibility

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