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Other help for adults at risk

Sometimes after discussion with the safeguarding team or after investigation, safeguarding is not the most appropriate action. When that is the case, there are other forms of help available.

Community care

For those who do not meet the criteria as an adult at risk of harm but who nevertheless appear to be at high risk, community care may be the best route to help.

For more information, please view Herefordshire's care assessment procedures.

Mental health services

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, provide social and mental healthcare services across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

You can find out more about their services at their website:

Action on Elder Abuse

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA), a multi-discplinary organisation, works to protect, and prevent the abuse of, vulnerable older adults. 

Their vision is a society which values older people and one in which they and other adults can live free from abuse perpetrated by those in whom they have an expectation of trust.  Where such abuse occurs they seek an environment in which it can be identified and addressed. They are involved in raising awareness, encouraging education, promoting research and collecting and disseminating information.

Visit the AEA website for more information

Substance misuse

Addaction Herefordshire offers information, advice and support for people with drug and alcohol issues. There are bases in Hereford and Leominster as well as outreach via partner organisations. They aim to support people to overcome their issues and develop the skills necessary to go on to live a fulfilling life in recovery. They also support the families of people with substance misuse issues.

Addaction Herefordshire  01432 802487

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberties

Mental Capacity Act (MCA) information leaflet

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) information leaflet

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Standard authorisation – your rights

MCA a guide for families

DoLS a guide for families

Court of Protection. a guide for families

Lasting Power of Attorneys, a guide for families   -  This is a free and simple website from the charity Compassion in Dying that takes you step by step through creating a legal advance decision online that can then be printed out.

Leaflet  - Next of Kin: Understanding decision making authorities

The term ‘Next of Kin’ is often used in Health and Social Care as a euphemistic shorthand for ‘Who is the person we communicate with about you and who do we contact when you are dead?’

In law the term has no status when you are alive - it is misleading too because it does not clarify if this is the person who is your nearest relative or the person most important to you. Indeed, these are often different people.


Adult safeguarding practice sometimes identifies risk or harm to Herefordshire children.

If the person is younger than 18, child safeguarding arrangements are there to protect them. The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 01432 260800.

For further information on this subject please visit the Safeguarding Children & Young People in Herefordshire website.