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Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Section 59: Vulnerable adults

158.This section defines vulnerable adult for the purposes of the Act. A person is vulnerable in the context of the setting in which they are situated or the service they receive as follows:

  • Those in residential accommodation provided in connection with care or nursing or in receipt of domiciliary care services

  • Those receiving health care

  • Those in lawful custody or under the supervision of a probation officer

  • Those receiving a welfare service of a prescribed description or direct payments from a social services authority

  • Those receiving services, or taking part in activities, aimed at people with disabilities or special needs because of their age or state of health

  • Those who need assistance in the conduct of their affairs.

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