Safeguarding adults is adult protection act that includes any activity or work which aims to support vulnerable adults to retain choice, well-being and independence and to be able to live a free life from neglect and abuse. It is all about preventing neglect and abuse and promoting good practice. Safeguarding Adults- aims to support vulnerable adults to retain independence, well-being & to be able to live a life that is free from abuse & neglect
“Safeguarding” means “providing a safeguard for” or “defending.” It may also mean “shielding.”
The Safeguarding Adults’ Policy and Procedure should always be used when there is an allegation or suspicion that a vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected i.e. being caused significant harm by another person or group of people. The Safeguarding Adults’ Policy and Procedure applies to all residents even if they are funding themselves or are being funded by an authority. What is meant by “Abuse”?
“Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons:” No Secrets (DH/Home Office 2000) “Abuse is any act or failure to act which results in a significant breach of a vulnerable person’s human rights, civil liberties, bodily integrity, dignity or general well-being, whether intended or inadvertent, including sexual relationships or financial transactions to which a person has not or cannot validly consent or which are deliberately exploitative “The Council of Europe (2002)
What is meant by “Harm”?
“Harm is to be taken to include not only ill treatment (including sexual abuse and forms of ill treatment which are not physical) but also the impairment of or an avoidable deterioration in physical or mental health and the impairment of physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development:” No Secrets (DH/Home Office 2000) based on the Children Act definition of “significant harm” What is meant by “Vulnerable Adult”?
“A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over who may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of himself or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation;” No Secrets (DH/Home Office 2000) The ADASS National Framework of Standards (2005) argues against the use of the word “vulnerable” and suggested that local safeguarding adults’ procedures should apply to “every adult who is or may be eligible for community care services “ The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) uses the term “vulnerable adult” in a much wider context to apply to people using certain types of services or residing (even temporarily) in certain types of places What is meant by “Safeguarding Adults’ Procedures”?
“The local area based multi-agency response which is made to every adult who is or may be “eligible for community care services “ (NHS and Community Care Act 1990) and whose independence and well-being is at risk due to abuse or neglect. This includes people who are assessed to be able to purchase all or part of their care:” ADASS National Framework of Standards (2005)