Protecting adults at risk in London: Good practice resource

Key messages

The Government believes that safeguarding is everybody’s business with communities playing a part in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse. Measures need to be in place locally to protect those least able to protect themselves. Safeguards against poor practice, harm and abuse need to be an integral part of care and support. We should achieve this through partnerships between local organisations, communities and individuals.

Statement of government policy on adult safeguarding, Department of Health

In May 2011, the Department of Health (DH) released the Statement of government policy on adult safeguarding (1), which set out six key safeguarding principles:

  1. Empowerment: a presumption of person-led decisions and informed consent.
  2. Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need.
  3. Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs.
  4. Proportionality: a proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
  5. Partnership: local solutions achieved via services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
  6. Accountability: accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.

The document goes on to describe what these principles might look like from the perspective of the adult at risk:

The Statement also sets out what these principles might mean for agencies involved in safeguarding adults:

This resource will help individual staff members from across agencies to put these principles into practice in their day-to-day work.