Safeguarding Adults

National and local strategies

The Care Act 2014

The Care Act defines the purpose of adult safeguarding as:

  • To prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs.
  • To safeguard individuals in a way that supports them in making choices and having control in how they choose to live their lives.
  • To promote an outcomes approach in safeguarding that works for people resulting in the best experience possible.
  • To raise public awareness so that professionals, other staff and communities as a whole play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect.

In order to achieve these aims, it is necessary:

  • To ensure that the roles and responsibilities of individuals and organisations are clearly laid out.
  • To create a strong multi-agency framework for safeguarding.
  • To enable access to mainstream community safety measures.
  • To clarify the interface between safeguarding and quality of service provision.

Making Safeguarding Personal

Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) aims to make safeguarding person-centred and outcomes focussed, and moves away from process- driven approaches to safeguarding. This evaluation report of work undertaken nationally in 2014-15 provides recommendations for action to improve person centred practice in safeguarding work.


Last updated Friday, 22nd April 2016