There are many pieces of legislation out there that talk about safeguarding vulnerable adults. Prior to 2000 there was no such piece of legislation that gave responsibility for statutory services, such as Local Authority Social Services to investigate forms of abuse, but there were pieces of legislation that supported the protection of vulnerable adults to come forward. The crime and disorder Act (1998) acted as first-hand support for the protection of vulnerable adults and is the basis for the formation of partnerships between the LA’s and the police. The human rights act (1998) explains the rights and freedom of individuals and the disability act (1995) sets out the protection for adults with disabilities. All these pieces of legislation played a part in the protection of vulnerable adults.