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. It will be supported by statutory and practice guidance. Duties under the Act come into effect in April 2015.
The modernisation of care legislation will in time change practice, attitudes and terminology. This guide includes terminology currently used by the various sectors involved in safeguarding adults, so that people can find and understand the information they need. Following the implementation of the Care Act, we will update the guide to reflect new and shared language.
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.