Major investigation and public protection

Vulnerable adults

ACPO (2012) Guidance on Safeguarding and Investigating the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults remains current until further notice.

See also

CPS Policy guidance on the prosecution of crimes against older people

Older people: Prosecuting crimes against. (Legal Guidance) 

Consultation on Crimes Against Older People Policy Guidance – Summary of Responses

Safeguarding Adults – A National Framework of Standards for good practice and outcomes in adult protection work developed through the ADSS-led national ‘Safeguarding Adults’ network, which combines partner representation alongside adult protection representatives from ADSS branches. It has received a wide range of support and contributions from stakeholders. The framework has been developed from existing practice, with contributions by adult protection lead managers throughout the country, and shaped in consultation and partnership with:

  • Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
  • Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI)
  • Department of Health (DoH)
  • Public Guardianship Office (PGO)
  • Practitioner Alliance against Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (PAVA)
  • Ann Craft Trust (ACT)

The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance and will usefully support investigations in this area.



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