The Department for Health and Social Care has recently issued "Revisiting safeguarding practice", non-statutory guidance for social workers and other safeguarding practitioners working in adult social care who are involved in safeguarding adults in England.
The statutory safeguarding duties in relation to adults in England are outlined in sections 42 to 46 of the Care Act 2014. These safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:
- has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs); and
- is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
- as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
This guidance aims to reinforce the roles and responsibilities within local authorities when applying these duties. It will also be helpful to others with delegated responsibilities and those who work with adults that may be experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect. It reflects the importance of maintaining consistent good practice principles and links to key resources that support effective partnership working.
The safeguarding adults in England guidance, “Revisiting safeguarding practice” can be found here.
Blake Morgan provide advice and legal support in relation safeguarding adults, compliance with the statutory safeguarding duties, information sharing and the interface with other legislation such as mental capacity and equality law.
For further information, contact Partner Eve Piffaretti.
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