SCIE’s progress in developing adult safeguarding procedures

The Met is resolute in its commitment to improve services to adults at risk and will continue to work effectively with our partner agencies to achieve this. The pan-London policy and procedures provide overarching guidance on how we work as partners to safeguard adults in London who may find themselves at risk of being abused, neglected or exploited.

DCI Sam Faulkner, Public Protection Team, Metropolitan Police

Protecting adults at risk

Everyone has the right to live a life that is free from abuse. Keeping people safe whilst offering services that meet their care and support needs is at the core of social care.

This year, SCIE published the landmark London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse in conjunction with the NHS, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Metropolitan Police.

This represents a commitment from all organisations to work together to prevent abuse, respond to cases where this does occur, and empower people to be involved in decisions regarding their safeguarding.

To supplement the policy and procedures, SCIE also produced the reports User involvement in adult safeguarding, Self-neglect and adult safeguarding and The governance of adult safeguarding, as well as Social Care TV films on adult safeguarding in practice.

A linked strand of work this year was prevention and reablement which looked at how to prevent harm, promote independence and maintain wellbeing. SCIE produced a report Prevention in adult safeguarding and a research briefing and Social Care TV film on Reablement.

Safeguarding adults is also one of the first SCIE Training and Consultancy areas to be developed this year, as well as training on the Mental Capacity Act.