VARM (Vulnerable adult risk management

VARMs can apply to anyone with mental capacity aged 18 years and over who is at risk of serious harm or death. This can be through self-neglect or other risk taking behaviour including self-harm or refusal or disengagement of services.

The VARM process is a multi-agency risk assessment meeting where actions are assigned to alleviate the risk.

In accordance with national policy and the Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board VARM framework, in order to consider a person for a VARM meeting all the following criteria should apply:

  • A person must have capacity to make decisions and choices regarding their life

  • There is a risk of serious harm or death by self-neglect, fire, deteriorating health condition, non-engagement with services or where an adult is targeted by local community, is the victim of Hate Crime or Anti-Social Behaviour or the victim of sexual violence and they do not meet the criteria for Safeguarding

  • There is a public safety interest

  • There are high levels of concerns from partner agencies.

If you have identified a person at risk or require any advice telephone: 01246 242424 and ask to speak to a VARM Champion.



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