Safeguarding adults at risk

Bracknell Forest council is the lead agency for adult safeguarding work across the borough. The council works with statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations to promote awareness of the safeguarding agenda and review the multi agency adult safeguarding good practice guidance and manual.  

The council hosts and chairs the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Adults Partnership. The Bracknell Forest Adults Partnership Board has its own dedicated website which provides information on adult safeguarding.

Please refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section at the bottom of the page for more information about what we mean by adult safeguarding.  It also includes what action can be taken to support people who may be at risk of harm.    

Supporting people who may lack mental capacity

The council promotes the rights of people who may lack capacity regarding specific areas of their life. To this end the council works within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act and the code of practice.

The Mental Capacity Act sets out 5 principles:

  • a person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established that he lacks capacity
  • a person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him to do so have been taken without success
  • a person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision merely because he makes an unwise decision
  • an act done, or decision made, under the Mental Capacity Act for or on behalf of a person who lacks capacity must be done, or made, in their best interests
  • before the act is done, or the decision is made, regard must be had to whether the plan is going to be delivered in a way that is less restrictive of the person's rights and freedom of action

Further information regarding the Mental Capacity Act can be found via the related websites section or contact Adult Social Care and Health via the contact information section.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The safeguards provide a legal framework for local authorities, in certain circumstances, to authorise a person to be deprived of their liberty. Where the legal criteria are met, we will work to ensure that the appropriate safeguards are put in place to protect the person’s rights.

Monitoring the quality of care and support provided in Bracknell Forest

The council commissions services that are of a high standard and empower individuals to have maximum control over their own lives. However on occasions the expected standards are not maintained. To ensure that the council has a robust and consistent approach to identifying areas of concern or poor practice, the department of Adult Social Care, Health and Housing has established its approach to care governance. You can find details of this by looking at the PDF file downloadcare governance policy and procedures (PDF, 881kb).


Training provides a key opportunity to support staff and volunteers in both preventing adult abuse and being able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and respond appropriately. The council provides the following training free of charge to local providers/volunteers.  

  • Safeguarding Level 1 – introductory awareness raising
  • Safer recruitment

The council may be able to provide bespoke training on Safeguarding for providers however this is subject to availability and there may be a charge for this.

The council also provides a range of training on:

  • Mental Capacity Act (including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)
  • Domestic Abuse*
  • Drug and Alcohol*
  • Mental Health issues*  

*A charge for these courses may be made.

For more information about any of these courses, please email

Frequently asked questions

For more information about adult safeguarding please see the list of questions and answers below:

What is adult safeguarding?

What do we mean by ‘adult at risk’?

What do we mean by abuse?

What can we do about it?

What do I do if I am a member of health or social care staff and I am worried about an adult at risk?

How do I access the policy and good practice guidance?

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