Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of adults at risk, enabling them to live safely, free from abuse and neglect. … It also means making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is supported and their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs are respected when agreeing on any action.
How can you safeguard someone?
When safeguarding a vulnerable adult you:
- Ensure they can live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
- Empower them by encouraging them to make their own decisions and provide informed consent.
- Prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and stop it from occurring.
What happens if safeguarding is not followed?
If an organisation has poor safeguarding policies or no safeguarding in place could lead to: Abuse and neglect being missed. An increase in abuse cases. Vulnerable people not being treated with compassion or empathy.
Who do safeguarding duties apply to?
Safeguarding duties apply regardless of whether a person’s care and support needs are being met, whether by the local authority or anyone else. They also apply to people who pay for their own care and support services. An adult with care and support needs may be: an older person.
What is the safeguarding process?
protect the adult from the abuse and neglect, as the adult wishes; establish if any other person is at risk of harm; make decisions as to what follow-up actions should be taken with regard to the person or organisation responsible for the abuse or neglect. enable the adult to achieve resolution and recovery.
How do you identify safeguarding risks?
Monitoring a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing
Look for any indicators that suggest a person is at risk of harm, such as changes to demeanour or behaviour. Make a point of recording these indicators. Through monitoring these signs and reviewing them regularly you may identify a safeguarding issue.
What can be raised as a safeguarding?
Anybody can raise a safeguarding concern, for example they might be a carer, a professional working with adults with care and support needs or somebody who thinks they have been abused. They can raise a concern by contacting adult social care help desk directly on 01452 426868.