Everyone has a responsibility to ensure adults are able to live a safe, comfortable life. Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
Safeguarding is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted (See Promoting Wellbeing Procedure) including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This must recognise that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.
Organisations should always promote the adult’s wellbeing in their safeguarding arrangements. People have complex lives and being safe is only one of the things they want for themselves. Professionals should work with the adult to establish what being safe means to them and how that can be best achieved. (See Effective Outcomes: Making Safeguarding Personal Procedure). Professionals and other staff should not be advocating “safety” measures that do not take account of individual well-being, as defined in Section 1 of the Care Act.
Safeguarding is not a substitute for:
Whether you are a member of the public, or a volunteer/worker in the safeguarding sector, you have a responsibility to report suspected or confirmed cases of abuse.