Vulnerable young people do not automatically become any less so when they reach adulthood, and adult survivors of abuse may continue to be in need of help and support as a result of the impact of their experiences in childhood.
Work to safeguard adults from harm is based on very similar principles to that in respect of protecting children and young people. However, the relevant policy and legislative framework are dissimilar in a number of ways and consideration should be given to the specific guidance provided by the local Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board.
Adults disclosing experiences of past maltreatment should receive help and support and wherever possible police officers should investigate any criminal offences associated with such abuse. Disclosures of childhood abuse can also provide important information that is essential to detecting crimes committed against other children/young people and can prevent further offending in the future.
The links and guidance provided on this website should make clear the steps needed to be taken to support people and help inform our understanding of the risks individuals can pose to children and young people.
Young Minds have produced a leaflet that provides useful information to young people in transition to adult services.
As with all aspects of safeguarding, concerns can never be shared too early and making contact with your line manager or agency’s lead officer, Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care department or Thames Valley Police will help ensure you take the right action at the earliest opportunity. The NSPCC also provides important information for both professionals and survivors of abuse and contains links to other specialist support groups.