Protecting adults at risk in London: Good practice resource

Methodology

This work complements Protecting adults at risk: London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse, and like the policy and procedures work it has been a collaborative effort between the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the adult safeguarding sector. The work has been carried out in response to sector-led calls for more guidance on good safeguarding practice to support the London policy and procedures, and while it has been coordinated by SCIE, it has been written by safeguarding leads from across London. It has been checked for legal considerations by Michael Mandelstam.

To maintain consistency with Protecting adults at risk: London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse, this good practice resource does not address the issue of self-neglect. We will look to revise this should self-neglect be broadly accepted by the sector as a safeguarding concern.

This resource also does not address the issue of carers being abused by people using social care services, as this situation, serious though it is, is not typically addressed using safeguarding procedures – unless the carer has social care needs in their own right. There should however be a social care response to situations in which a carer is being abused, as they are likely to lead to considerable stress and pressure for the carer.