SCIE Annual Review 2009-10

Safeguarding adults

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Self Directed Services Developer, England

Ensuring that people who use services are supported to lead fulfilling and independent lives means enabling them to take positive risks, whilst remaining safe.

Risk enablement and safeguarding adults is an area of work that SCIE has given particular emphasis to this year, with the publication of our report 'Enabling risk, ensuring safety'.

To be effective, safeguarding needs to be a joined-up process, with services working together in the best interests of the individual. SCIE has supported work on a set of 'Pan-London policies and procedures for adult safeguarding. 'This has been a large-scale project, with input from social care services, the Metropolitan Police and the NHS.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) protects those who may lack capacity to make decisions about their own care and support. SCIE held six regional conferences on putting the MCA into practice, in partnership with the Department of Health and the Office of the Public Guardian.

We also provided training to independent mental capacity advocates (IMCAs) on their role in safeguarding adults. This training was attended by over half of the current IMCA workforce and feedback about the training and SCIE's associated good practice guide has been very positive.