​​​​​Adult Safeguarding: protecting adults at risk

NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (MCCG) and NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) as a Local Delivery Unit (LDU) are committed to ensuring the safeguarding of adults who receive services it commissions. The welfare of the people who come into contact with the CCG's commissioned services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all our staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is maintained, including compliance with statutory requirements outlined in Safeguarding Adults policy.  The introduction of the Care Act 2014 put adult safeguarding on a statutory footing for the first time, embracing the principle that the 'person knows best'. 

It lays the foundation for change in the way that care and support are provided to adults, encouraging greater self-determination, so people maintain independence and have real choice. There is an emphasis on working with adults at risk of abuse and neglect to have greater control in their lives to both prevent it from happening, and to give meaningful options of dealing with it should it occur

Concerns about an adult at risk in Merton

Making sure people over 18 can protect themselves from abuse

  • anyone over 18 in need of care and support.
  • someone experiencing, or at risk of abuse; and as a result of their need for care and support is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or the risk of it

With the right support people can manage physical and emotional abuse, neglect, financial, psychological, sexual, domestic, modern slavery and exploitation. This support can come from social work, medical professionals, police and support workers.

Anyone can raise concerns about an adult they feel is at risk.  Safeguarding adults at risk is one of the core functions carried out by .  It is about keeping people free from abuse and harm.  We support a range of measures to protect individuals who are vulnerable.

 The LDU also works in partnership with Merton Council and the Police to ensure the services we commission are safe and comply with the statutory safeguarding regulations as set out in the Care Act (2014).
 If you are concerned that an adult may be at risk from a person in a position of trust, please contact the Merton Adult Safeguarding Team (24 hours a day, seven days a week).

  • The 0845 618 9762 telephone number is available at all times and is a 24 hour line
  • Call 020 8545 4388  available between the hours of 0930 hrs to 1330 hrs.
  • Email the safeguarding adults team on safeguarding.adults@merton.gov.uk

If you are concerned that a person is at immediate risk, contact the police by dialling 999.

The LDU does not receive safeguarding adults notification. You may contact the Designated Safeguarding Adults Lead, Marino Latour on marino.latour@swlondon.nhs.uk for advice and support.

Merton Safeguarding Adults Board

The LDU is part of the Merton Safeguarding Adults Board, which works with partners across the borough to promote the safety and well-being of vulnerable adults who may be at risk of being abused, neglected or exploited.

This partnership brings together the organisations in Merton with a role to play in protecting vulnerable adults from harm, including:

  • Merton Council Adult and Community Services 
  • the police
  • local health trusts
  • voluntary organisations 
  • care providers
  • supported housing providers.