Responding to Self-Neglect – Guidance

Would you recognise the signs of self-neglect and know how to safeguard an adult at risk who is self-neglecting?

This WSAB guidance will help you identify the signs of self-neglect and know how to respond. Recent Safeguarding Adults Reviews have shown us that we need to do more to support our workforce to safeguard those who may be self-neglecting. In response, this guide and tool is for you to use and to share with colleagues.

The guidance explains what self-neglect is and the various forms takes. It will help you identify the signs and understand how you can support someone who you think may be self-neglecting. The Self-Neglect Risk Assessment Tool is there as an Appendix to help you assess the risk and how to respond accordingly.

The full guidance can be found here

A quick reference guide is also available here for you. We suggest that you print this out to put in any communal areas in your workplace where people may find this helpful.

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