Report 41: Prevention in adult safeguarding

Policies and procedures

'Whistle blowing is an important mechanism for exposing abuse and neglect in care settings… procedures [need] to enable staff to whistle blow.'(7)


Many policies and procedures within services – not just safeguarding policies and procedures – can support the prevention of adult abuse. Key to the successful prevention of abuse is an open culture with a genuinely person-centred approach to care underpinned by a zero tolerance policy towards abuse and neglect. Much of this literature relates to residential services, although a few relate to community settings.


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