The Access Social Care Team takes initial social care referrals for people over the age of 18 in Warrington (and their carers) who have care and support needs due to a disability or illness. The team deal with routine adult social care telephone enquiries and provide advice and support where appropriate. ASC also deal with adult safeguarding referrals, for people with care and support needs who are experiencing (or at risk of) abuse and neglect. This may include financial abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and hate crime. ASC receive referrals from members of the public, people who use services, carers and professionals (including the police, probation and health services) and make sure that referrals are passed through to the relevant team or worker. ASC are also able to signpost people to partner agencies where needs could be better supported and more appropriately met.