SAFEGUARDING AND THE PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE ADULTS
Safeguarding means: proactively seeking to involve the whole community in keeping the individual safe and promoting their welfare.
Safeguarding is an important part of integrated working. When professionals work together in an integrated way, they put the individual at the centre of all activities to help identify their holistic needs earlier to improve their life outcomes. It is important to see safeguarding as part of a continuum, where prevention and early intervention can help children, vulnerable adults and families get back on track and avoid problems turning into a crisis.
Protection is a central part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It is the process of protecting an individual identified as either suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.
1.2 It is important to evaluate the processes that are in place to ensure that they are working to the good of the individuals. As new policies are brought in, then it is vital to ensure that, the service setting responds to these by updating their own paper work.
The only way in which to evaluate as to whether the policies are working is by the feed back from staff and how they respond to situations, when policies are developed it is critical that staff are aware of the changes in the policies and that these policies are available to all staff and these changes are cascaded down.
Lessons learned from safe guarding situations should be taken into account and used to strengthen the knowledge of all.
1.3 : The legislation and government policy framework relating to adult safeguarding is subject to considerable debate and change. But includes the following Legal Powers to Intervene Civil Liberties Disclosure and Barring Service Mental Capacity Act 2005 Mental Health Act 2007
Health and Social Care Act 2008 National Policy and Guidance Registered Health and Social Care Providers
‘No Secrets’ sets