Protected the elders all over the place (9)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'protected' is the definition.
('sheltered' can be similar in meaning to 'protected')
'the elders all over the place' is the subsidiary indication.
'all over the place' indicates an anagram.
'theelders' with letters rearranged gives 'sheltered'.
(Other definitions for sheltered that I've seen before include "Took cover; protected", "Covered", "Protected or shielded", "Hidden", "safe from the elements", "Secluded", "in such accommodation?", "Protected from danger or bad weather", "Shielded" and "Safely tucked away".)