Resources, support and education for at-risk adults in our community.


Our Connector ensures that we provide appropriate care and protection to adults at-risk. The Connector helps navigate the network of support systems available to people.

At-Risk Adults

Adults with intellectual disabilities are very vulnerable, and SVAT works to help prevent neglect and abuse.

Safeguarding Panel

SVAT brings together specialists from a range of Taranaki organisations to help ensure our clients receive appropriate care and support.

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What to do if...

If someone you know is in immediate danger you should contact the police on their emergency phone number 111.  If it is not an emergency but are wanting Police guidance, their non-emergency number is 105 or online through the Police Website


If there is no immediate danger, you can report your concerns about abuse to the local Safeguarding Vulnerable Adult Connector

Keeping Safe, Feeling Safe

A 10 week course aimed at giving participants (adults with a learning disability) tools and skills to help deal with situations like bullying, abuse and neglect.

Community Education

Does your organisation work with at-risk people? Would you like to learn skills and gain information about how the SVAT process works?

“If we are to address the problems of abuse or neglect, society needs to strengthen local accountability by involving local communities and professionals, decrease reliance on bureaucracy driven rules to safeguarding adults and invest in emotional intelligence”​