Report 47: User involvement in adult safeguarding
- User involvement is a key development in health and social care policy and practice but the evidence base for user involvement in adult safeguarding is limited.
- Local authorities and safeguarding adults boards have substantial experience of working in partnership to develop policies and procedures to prevent and respond to abuse when it occurs. A key area of learning has been how to better involve people who use services in formal safeguarding processes at an individual level and at a strategic level.
- There are a number of barriers to promoting user involvement in adult safeguarding, including concerns about risk, fears of causing harm, the need for diverse approaches, and the challenges of achieving fair representation of user groups.
- Many approaches can be used to support the involvement of people who use services: involving users in training professionals, taking a partnership approach, recognising diversity, taking a rights-based approach, developing accessible information and outreach, and offering support, training and capacity building.
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