Safeguarding adults in Camden

Everyone has the right to live a life that is free from abuse, harm and neglect. Watch this animation to find out Camden's approach to Safeguarding in the borough.  

If you are worried about an adult please call 020 7974 4000 and select option 1, or email us on [email protected]. 

If you think an adult is in immediate danger you should call the police on 999 (urgent) or dial 101 (non-urgent).

Deaf or Hard of Hearing people who use British Sign Language (BSL) can contact Camden Council using our Sign Video Web Access, an online sign language interpreting service. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will require a webcam.

An adult with care and support needs may be more at risk of, or already experiencing, abuse or neglect because they:

  • are unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm,
  • depend on others for their care,
  • lack the mental capacity to take a particular decision.

If you are concerned about an adult please email [email protected].

Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (Camden SAPB)

What is the Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board?

The Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board is a statutory multi-agency board that is committed to protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It has overall responsibility for co-coordinating safeguarding adult matters and ensuring that partner agencies carry out safeguarding adults work.

What the Board does

The board meets quarterly and their work includes:

  • co-ordinating activity between agencies
  • facilitating joint training
  • monitoring and reviewing progress in safeguarding practice
  • developing ways of working which will improve our ability to support Camden residents across the community to live a life free from abuse
  • learning from lessons where people have not been adequately protected

How does the Camden Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board aim to meet this?

By fostering strong relationships with all its partner agencies and other strategic boards, to demonstrate a real commitment to ensuring that adults in Camden live a life free of abuse and neglect.

This includes partners and members feeling able to challenge each other and other organisations where it believes actions or inactions are increasing the risk of abuse or neglect. It is also about identifying arrangements for monitoring and reviewing the implementation and impact of policy and training.

At the same time, it’s about making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is being promoted including, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. It must be recognised that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.

The Care Act

The Care Act 2014 provided a formal statutory base for safeguarding adult boards. This has enabled the Board to deliver a more robust challenge and ensure greater consistency in safeguarding arrangements throughout Camden.

Camden SAPB has three core duties which the Care Act 2014 sets out. These include developing and publishing an annual strategic plan, publishing an annual report which sets out what we have achieved, and commissioning a Safeguarding Adults Review where serious abuse or death has occurred and to ensure lessons learnt.

Definition of Adult Safeguarding

The statutory framework introduced under the Care Act applies to any person aged 18 or above who:

  • has needs for care and support (regardless of the level of need and whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of abuse or neglect, and
  • as a result of those needs, is unable to protect themselves against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.

Who sits on Camden SAPB?

  • Camden Council (Adult Social Care, Integrated Commissioning, Housing, Community Safety
  • NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Met Police (Camden)
  • Camden Council Cabinet Member for Tackling Health Inequality & Promoting Independence)
  • London Fire Brigade (Camden)
  • National Probation Service
  • Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Representation from Camden Council’s Adult Social Care, Integrated Commissioning, Housing, Community Safety, Cabinet Member for Tackling Health Inequality & Promoting Independence
  • Camden and Islington Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central North West London NHS Trust
  • Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
  • University College London Hospitals
  • London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Representation from Service Users
  • Representation from Voluntary Sector
  • Public Health Camden & Islington
  • Healthwatch Camden


At present, Camden SAPB has two sub-groups which support the development of specific areas in preventing and responding to the abuse of adults at risk. In addition there may be occasions the SAPB will establish specific, time-limited task and finish groups to report on particular topics according to the work required.


Safeguarding Adult Reviews Sub Group

Terms of reference

Quality & Performance Sub Group

Terms of reference

Learning and Development Sub Group

Terms of reference

Safeguarding Engagement Sub Group

Terms of reference


Types of abuse

There are many different types of abuse. Some examples are:

  • Physical: Where physical acts of violence, or threats of violence or intimidation, are used against a person, including assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint, or inappropriate physical sanctions.
  • Organisational: The mistreatment of an individual(s) due to poor or inadequate practices, systems, or care within a care setting. This includes neglect and poor care practice within an institution, unsafe handling and the covering up of incidents.
  • Sexual: Abusive sexual behaviour towards another person, covering a range of behaviours including rape, sexual assualt, harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, subjection to pornography or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented, or was pressured into consenting, and publishing sexual images without consent.
  • Modern slavery: Slavery typically occurs where people are being exploited or controlled by another person and are unable to leave their situation. There are eight key forms of modern slavery: forced labour; debt bondage; prostitution; domestic servitude; criminal exploitation; child exploitation; forced marriage; and organ harvesting.
  • Emotional/Psychological: The frequent and deliberate use of words and non-physical actions with the intention of manipulating, scaring or hurting an individual. This includes emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, isolation, or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or supportive networks.
  • Financial/material: When someone takes or misuses someone else's money or belongings for their own gain. This includes theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult's financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possesions or benefits.
  • Domestic abuse: Incidents or patterns of behaviour that are violent, controlling, coercive, threatening or degrading towards a person who is or has been a close intimate partner or family member. This includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse; 'honour' based violence; and coercive control which is an act or a pattern of acts of assualt, threats, humiliation, and intimidation.
  • Neglect/acts of omission: When a person(s) fails to do something, leading to the individual potentially being harmed. This includes ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support, or educational services, and the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition, and heating.
  • Self-neglect: Defined as an extreme lack of self-care to the extent where it may threaten someone's health and safety. This covers a wide range of behaviours, including neglecting to care for one's personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes hoarding.
  • Discriminatory: Where abuse is targeted towards someone because of their age, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, class, culture, language, race, or ethnic origin.

SAPB publications

Distraction Burglaries

Multi-Agency Self-Neglect Toolkit 2020

Safeguarding Leaflet Oct 2019

Safeguarding Board Strategy 2018 - 2021

Annual Delivery Plan 2020-2021

Annual Delivery Plan 2019 to 2020

Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2018- 2019

Annual Report 2017- 2018

London Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy & Procedures

Camden SAPB SAR Leaflet for professionals

Camden SAPB SAR Leaflet for families, carers, friends

Safeguarding Adults Review Framework - October 2019

SAPB Establishment Concerns Procedure 2018

SAPB Multi-Agency Escalation and Resolution Procedure

Safeguarding Adults Review (SARs): 2022 - "Mark"

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding "Mark"

SAR Report "Mark" 2022

Safeguarding Adults Review (SARs): 2021 - "Judith"

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding "Judith"

SAR Report "Judith" 2021

Safeguarding Adults Review (SARs): 2020 - "Hannah"

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding "Hannah"

SAR Report "Hannah" 2020

Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs): 2020 - "Mr V"

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding “Mr V”

Mr V SAR Report

Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs): 2020 - "UU"

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding "UU"

SAPB Report "UU" 2020

Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs): 2019 – Adult W

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding Adult W 2019

SAR Report Adult W 2019

Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs): 2017 – “YY”

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding Chair Statement regarding “YY” 

SAR Report “YY” 2017

Serious Case Reviews (SARs): 2015 – “ZZ”

Camden SAPB Chair Statement regarding "ZZ"

SAR report "ZZ" 2015


Related links


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Could you spot an Illegal Lender?

The session will include key things to look out for as a sign that a friend, client or colleague may be involved with an illegal lender. It will show the impact that illegal lenders have on people and communities, and how we can work together to stop people falling into the clutches of criminals.

Click on this link for general awareness short animation

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The England Illegal Moneylending team investigates and prosecutes illegal money lenders and supports those who have borrowed money from a loan shark.

To get help or reports concerns: use the online form Report a loan shark

Call 0300 555 2222 any time, day or night

Email [email protected] monitored 8am-6pm Monday to friday

Text the lenders' details to 07860 022 116

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Little Book of Big Scams - 5th Edition

Utilities United Against Scams

Action Fraud

Action Fraud to protect your pension

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Keeping you safe

Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice, resources and insight for social care

Protect social care

LondonADASS Improvement Programme

Related Matters - Safeguarding Adults Reviews

Local Government Association National Reviews of SARs

Briefing for individuals and their families - Analysis of Safeguarding Adults Reviews

Briefing for practitioners - Analysis of Safeguarding Adults Reviews

SARs published by other boards

Lewisham SAB

Tyrone Goodyear - published 12 June 2020

Tyrone was a 24-year old man who committed suicide in February 2019. The review examines the circumstances and issues leading up to Tyrone's death, including homelessness (amid the 'housing crisis'), mental ill-health and suicide prevention, all linked to Autism Spectrum Condition and learning difficulties.

Find the 7 Minute Briefing

Find the full report

Coronavirus & other information and links:

Chartered Trading Standards Institute scam

Covid online vaccination scam

Covid-19 SMS and Text Message Scams

Coronavirus Fraud Alert

Friends Against Scams

Age UK Camden Flyer

A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse

Covid-19 Ethical Framework Principles

Information from the Deaf Sign Health Charity

Home Office New Statutory guidance for Modern Slavery

Safeguarding adults in practice

Home Office leaflet on Safeguarding Coronavirus scams alert

Safeguarding Adults Week - 21 November to 27 November 2022

Safeguarding Adults Week is from 21 November to 27 November 2022.

It’s an opportunity for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues. The aim is to highlight key safeguarding key issues, start conversations and raise awareness of safeguarding best practices.

The theme for this year is ‘Responding to Contemporary Safeguarding Challenges’.

Each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding theme to explore how one can respond to contemporary safeguarding challenges.

Safeguarding Adults Week – Themes for 2022

  • Monday – Exploitation and County Lines
  • Tuesday – Self-neglect
  • Wednesday – Creating Safer Organisational Cultures
  • Thursday – Elder Abuse
  • Friday – Domestic Abuse in Tech-Society
  • Saturday & Sunday – Safeguarding in Everyday Life

Learn more about the themes for the week.

We know safeguarding is not an easily recognised term, and we try to raise awareness amongst all communities on how to keep safe and where to go to get help and advice on being safe. Our Safeguarding Engagement group has developed this easy-to-understand guide in an animated video.

Events taking place to mark Safeguarding Adults Week 

NHS England will be hosting webinars each weekday of National Safeguarding Adults Week to highlight the different themes.

London Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) and London Safeguarding Voices (LSV) have also organised various events including the London Safeguarding Adults Board Conference throughout the Safeguarding Week.


  • Tuesday 22 November - 12 - 1pm - Join on the day link here
  • Topic: Self-Neglect and Hoarding
  • Host: Catherine Randall
  • Guest Speaker: David Harling (National Deputy Director for Learning Disability Nursing) and Donna Bentley (National Fire Chief Council Strategic Lead Safeguarding)
  • Tuesday, 22 November, 1pm – 2pm Register here
  • Safe hospital discharge
  • Theresa Renwick is the presenter. Theresa is the co-chair of the London ADASS Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) network.
  • Tuesday, 22 Nov 2022 10:15 - 16:30 Book your place here
  • Cygnet Annual Safeguarding Conference 2022
  • The conference will be led by Philip Winterbottom, Cygnet’s Head of Safeguarding, and David Wilmott, Cygnet’s Director of Nursing.
  • This will be a free of charge, CPD accredited event.
  • Wednesday 23 November - 12 - 1pm - Join on the day link here
  • Topic: FGM, Forced marriage, Virginity Testing and Hymenoplasty
  • Host: Becs Reynolds
  • Guest Speaker: Dr Sharon Dixon (GP), Dr Bryony Kendall (Named GP for Safeguarding) and Donna Love (Safeguarding Programme Manager)
  • Wednesday, 23 November, 10am – 1pm Register here
  • London Safeguarding Adults Board Conference, virtual - Main day
  • Various presenters
  • Wednesday, 23 November11:00 – 12:00, Book your place here
  • Organisational Abuse and Closed Cultures
  • The webinar will be delivered by the Care Quality Commission and Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board.
  • The webinar will cover organisational abuse, signs, indicators and risk factors for organisational abuse and organisational abuse enquiries among other topics.
  • Thursday 24 November - 12 - 1pm - Join on the day link here
  • Topic: Priorities of the work of a social worker, New ways of working between social care and ICB/ICP, Improving safeguarding for adults together
  • Host: Cathy Sheehan
  • Guest Speaker: Lyn Romeo (Chief Social Worker for Adults, England)
  • Thursday, 24 November, 1pm- 2pm Register here
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)
  • Elaide Ruddy is the NHS England London Region Liberty Protection Safeguards Clinical Lead.
  • Friday 25 November - 12 - 1pm - Join on the day link here
  • Topic: Mental Capacity Act (MCA), Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)
  • Host: Kenny Gibson
  • Guest Speaker: Nikki Sidgwick (Transforming Care Resettlement Hub Case Manager) and Chelle Farnan (Liberty Protection Safeguards Clinical Lead)
  • Friday, 25 November, 1pm – 2pm Register here
  • Experts by Experience
  • Helena Wright is the Projects and Outreach Officer for Safeguarding and Young People, at Healthwatch Kingston. She also co-ordinates the London Safeguarding Voices group
  • Friday, 25 November 2022, 09:30 – 11:30, Book your place here
  • Speaker: Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, Emeritus Professor of Social Work University of Bedfordshire
  • Bolton Safeguarding Adults Board.  What can we learn from safeguarding adult reviews?
  • This session will focus on the learning for practice identified through Safeguarding Adult Reviews when working with self-neglect, multiple exclusion and homelessness.

Events by Ann Craft Trust