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All partner agencies should stress the need for preventing abuse and neglect wherever possible.

When people become increasingly isolated and cut off from families and friends they can become extremely vulnerable to abuse and neglect and positive interventions with individuals and families can prevent the deterioration of a situation or breakdown of a support network.  Robust risk management processes are part of the prevention strategy and can help prevent concerns escalating to a crisis point and requiring intervention under safeguarding adult procedures.

Partner agencies ensure that they have the mechanisms in place that enable early identification and assessment of risk through timely information sharing and targeted multi-agency intervention.