Day three of National Safeguarding Adults Week – Self neglect

Welcome to day three of National Safeguarding Adults Week – the aim of which is to create a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults – so we can be better, together.

Today we are be focusing on raising awareness of self neglect.

Help us to raise awareness of this key issue facing adults at risk by:

We recognise that some groups of people may be more likely to experience abuse and less able to access services or support to keep themselves safe.

Self-neglect includes situations where a person is declining support with their care needs, hygiene, health or their environment, and this is having a significant impact on their overall well-being.

Self-neglect can be a complex and challenging issue because of the need to balance respecting a person’s autonomy with fulfilling a duty to protect the adult’s health and well-being. It may manifest in different ways, from lack of self-care to the extent that it threatens personal health and safety. It implies there may be an inability or unwillingness, or both, to attend to ones’ personal care and support needs.

The MSB (now MSP) published its Self-Neglect and Hoarding Strategy and Toolkit in April 2019 – find this and more in our self-neglect resource.

What you can do to help someone who may be neglecting their self-care or hoarding
If you are concerned about someone being abused or neglected, contact MCC – even if you’re unsure, report it so that the relevant service can check:

Here are some other ways you can offer support:

Safeguarding Adults online learning now available

A variety of free online Adult Safeguarding courses can be accessed by anyone who works with adults and or their families in Manchester. These courses are provided by our online learning Partner Virtual College at

Online Courses include:

  • Dementia Awareness
  • Hate Crime
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Person Centred Approach in Adults and Social Care Settings
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • Working with Adults who Self-Neglect
  • and many others.

Please note that courses need to be completed within 4 weeks of registration or a £25 non-completion fee will be payable.

National Safeguarding Week

After a successful launch in 2018, the Anne Craft Trust announced the return of National Safeguarding Adults Week on 18th – 22nd November.

The trust has collaborated with the SAB Manager Network and The University of Nottingham with the aim of creating a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults – so we can be better, together.

For more information on the Ann Craft Trust and National Safeguarding Week visit their website at


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