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Advocacy for the Deaf and Deaf Blind


Board Directors: Jeff Crooke (Chairperson) Heather Berwick (Secretary)  David Bridge (Treasurer)

Advocates: Sylvia Dobinson and Linda Crooke

Registered Charity Number: 1173545


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Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy


Network Circle for Deafness is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, engaged in the breach of its activities

The purpose of this policy is to outline the duty and responsibilities of staff, volunteers and trustees working on behalf of Network Circle for Deafness in relation to the protection of vulnerable adults from abuse.

All adults have the right to be safe from harm and should be able to live free from fear of abuse neglect and exploitation

The key objectives of this policy are:

  • To explain the responsibilities Network Circle for Deafness and its staff, volunteers and trustees have in respect of vulnerable adult protection.
  • To promote staff with an overview of vulnerable adult protection.
  • To provide a clear procedure that will be implemented where vulnerable adult protection issues arise.


For the purpose of this document adult means a person aged 18 years of over.

Some adults are less able to protect themselves then others and some have difficulty making their wishes and feelings known. This may make them vulnerable to abuse. The broad definition of a ‘vulnerable adult’ referred to in the 1997 Consultation Paper ‘who decides ‘Issued by the Lord Chancellor’s Department, is a person “Who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take protect him or herself against significant harm of exploitation”.

The first priority should always be to ensure the safety and protection of vulnerable adults. To this end it is the responsibility of all staff to act on any suspicion or evidence of abuse or neglect (see the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998) and to pass on their concerns to a responsible person/agency. For purposes of ensuring consistent and widely understood terminology, these policy and procedures will use the phrase “Vulnerable Adults” to identify those eligible for interventions within the procedures.

Legal Framework

This guidance reflects the principles considered within the Human Rights Act 1998, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005, covering England and Wales, provides a statutory framework for people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves, or who have capacity and want to make preparation for a time when they may lack capacity in the future. It sets out who can take decisions in which situations, and how they should go about this.

The Human Rights Act 1998 gives legal effect in the UK to the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).

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