SCIE Guide 53
Published: April 2014
Review date: April 2017
Housing staff have a key safeguarding role to play, alongside their colleagues in social care, health and the police, in keeping people safe. They are well placed to identify people with care and support needs, share information and work in partnership to coordinate responses.
This guide aims to raise awareness about safeguarding in the housing sector, at management and frontline levels, for all housing staff, not just those in sheltered or supported housing. We have produced the guide in three versions – each written for a specific audience. You can use the version that most closely links to your role.
The Care Act 2014
The Care Act 2014 modernises the law so that people’s wellbeing is at the heart of the care and support system. Duties under the Act came into effect in April 2015.
The implementation of the Care Act will in time change practice, attitudes and terminology. Currently this guide includes terminology and language that may seem outdated in the context of the Act. This is so that people from the various sectors involved in safeguarding adults can search using the terms they are used to and find the information they need.
Helping staff to identify people who may be at risk of abuse and to know how to respond.
Helping managers to improve safeguarding practice in housing.
Promoting joint working with housing to improve safeguarding practice.