SCIE media statement

Safeguarding Adults Boards – SCIE response

24 May 2011

SCIE’s Chair,  Allan Bowman, says:

We welcome the Minister’s plans to make the creation of Safeguarding Adults Boards a legal requirement. This is an important signal about the rising importance of the need to protect adults at risk from abuse. This will complement and support the work that goes on between agencies to share information, for example, when they share investigations. This provides effective partnership working and more protection to adults at risk. However, it’s important that any new law balances good adult protection with the needs of service users to have choice and control in social care.

Adult safeguarding is one of SCIE’s priority themes for May (the others are Dementia and Dignity in Care). On 24 May two Social Care TV films on adult safeguarding will be released; the first looks at how an adult at risk had money taken from them; the second studies a scheme in Plymouth that trains people with learning disabilities to protect themselves from abuse. Also on 24 May, two reports will be coming out looking at safeguarding adults. They reveal prevention strategies and the views of people who use services.

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