Q. We have been told that our policy and procedure on prevention of abuse should now be called a safeguarding policy and procedure. Is this true, and why is this?

Published: Sunday, 26 March 2017

A. Referring to this area as ‘safeguarding’ will comply with legislation and best practice.

Safeguarding is more than just prevention of abuse. Safeguarding means protecting people's health, well-being and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is fundamental to high-quality health and social care. For adult services, safeguarding includes: protecting people’s rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect; working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect; making sure people's well-being is promoted and taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account. Care providers should review their prevention of abuse policies and procedures to ensure that they are consistent with the Care Act 2014. Chapter 14 of the Care Act 2014 deals with safeguarding and replaces the previous guidance No Secrets. Under the Care Act 2014, specific adult safeguarding duties apply to any adult who:

  • has care and support needs
  • is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • is unable to protect themselves because of their care and support needs.

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