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Safeguarding and how we can get it right

Adult safeguarding is a complex area requiring all our judgement and compassion
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Adult safeguarding is a complex area requiring all our judgement and compassion

As services and staff are put under pressure, we can find it difficult to meet everyone’s needs. But safeguarding is one need we cannot allow to go unmet.

Safeguarding people is complex and therefore can be difficult to do well. So, what is safeguarding all about?

Personal autonomy

First, it is about autonomy and ensuring people have a say in what happens to them. I’m not talking merely about consent, but about giving people control. It is not your care, it’s theirs: it is their right, and their responsibility, to be in control.

Second, safeguarding is about boundaries – physical, emotional, sexual, financial – and making sure certain people are not exploited, neglected or abused. We must stand between the person and harm or risk through

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