Making Safeguarding Personal
An introduction from Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director, Cornwall Council and Fiona Field, Chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board.
Making safeguarding personal means it should be person-led and outcome-focused. It engages the person in a conversation about how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety. Nevertheless, there are key issues that local authorities and their partners should consider if they suspect or are made aware of abuse or neglect. MSP is talking with adults at risk about how we work together in safeguarding situations in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control but does not neglect improving their quality of life, wellbeing and safety.
We have a shared responsibility to move safeguarding from a process model to one that focuses on building relationships with people. This requires organizational and cultural commitment to make this happen. By truly implementing the six principles of the Care Act 14, Empowerment, Protection, Proportionality, Prevention, Partnership and Accountability into everyone’s practice, we will ensure safeguarding starts and ends with the individual, by working alongside the adult at risk we may be able to empower them to take control of their safety and protection in the future and seeing people as experts in their own lives.
What this means for adults at risk
The key focus is on developing a real understanding of what adults at risk wish to achieve. This includes agreeing, negotiating and recording their desired outcomes, working out with them (and their representatives or advocates if they lack capacity) how best those outcomes might be reached, and the extent to which desired outcomes have been realised.
Making safeguarding personal is based on the 6 principles of working with people, families and carers to ensure:
- Empowerment –People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent. “I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens.”
- Prevention–It is better to take action before harm occurs. “I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help.”
- Proportionality –The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.“I am sure that the professionals will work in my interest, as I see them and they will only get involved as much as needed.”
- Protection –Support and representation for those in greatest need. “I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want.”
- Partnership –Local solutions through services working with their communities.“I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me.”
- Accountability – Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.“I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they.”
You can view a short film from Kerrie Todd, Making Safeguarding Personal Lead, Adult Social Care, below:
To find out more please access the Seven minute briefing. Making Safeguarding Personal is essential to all safeguarding work and a poster which promotes the correct language to be used to support our person centred culture in adult safeguarding has been produced.
Additional information about making safeguarding personal is available on these sites:
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) appointed the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) to develop a Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) outcomes framework that will provide a means of promoting and measuring practice that supports an outcomes focus for safeguarding adults work.