Have you read the Board’s updated staff guidance yet?
The guidance tells you what to do if you think an adult with care and support need is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse and neglect, and who, because of their care and support needs, is unable to protect themselves from abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding Adults is underpinned by six statutory principles which all staff and organisations are expected to work within and be guided by when undertaking any Safeguarding activity. The principles are:
Empowerment: People should be supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent based on the best possible information
Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need.
Prevention: Being proactive, it is better to take action before harm occurs.
Proportionality: Anything we do should be proportionate or least intrusive to the risk: we shouldn’t be over-protective if the risk is low as this in itself could mean people feel they are not listened to, are disempowered or not allowed to make their own decisions
Partnership: safeguarding is about different people, professions, groups and communities working together to cover all the angles in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse. Local solutions through services working with their communities.
Accountability: Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.
If you work in adult care provision you should receive training from your employer on safeguarding that will allow you to explore these principles more fully. If you haven’t been able to get such training, speak to your manager or supervisor.