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Adult at Risk

An Adult at Risk (sometimes referred to as AAR) is an adult (someone aged 18 or older) who:

(a) has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs),

(b) is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and

(c) as a result of those needs, is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.

The term ‘Adult at Risk’, is a short form of the phrase ‘An adult at risk of abuse or neglect’, and refers to adults who may have safeguarding needs according to the Care Act (2014).

As set out in the Care Act 2014, statutory Adult Safeguarding duties exist when adults who are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect cannot protect themselves due to their care and support needs.

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