The following six key principles underpin all adult safeguarding work:
People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent: I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens.
It is better to take action before harm occurs: I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help.
The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented: I am sure that the professionals will work in my interest, as I see them and they will only get involved as much as needed.
Support and representation for those in greatest need: I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want.
Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse: I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence. only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me.
Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding: I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they.
In addition to these principles, it is also important that all safeguarding partners take a broad community approach to establishing safeguarding arrangements and person centred practice. Making Safeguarding Personal promotes safeguarding that is person led – involving the person from the outset and outcome focused, establishing the desired outcomes of the person themselves in a way that enhances and supports their involvement, choice and control as well as improving their quality of life, well-being and safety. Making Safeguarding Personal acknowledges that people are the experts in their own lives and on the premise safeguarding work is undertaken in partnership with them; it is a shift from a process supported by conversations to a series of conversations supported by a process.
The work is supported by Adass, the LGA and other national partners. Please find below a link to the Adass website and the Making Safeguarding Personal Guidance.