SCIE: Prevention in adult safeguarding
In May 2011 The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) published a literature review by Faulkner and Sweeney Prevention in adult safeguarding. Apart from the review of the literature, the authors examine available policy and practice guidance, and also emerging examples from practice. The report has been informed by SCIE’s Adult Safeguarding Service User Advisory Group.
Here are some of the key messages
- Prevention of abuse has not always been high on the adult safeguarding agenda, but there is growing consensus about the importance of everyone with an interest in adult care services making efforts to prevent abuse of vulnerable adults.
- Relatively little research exists on the prevention of abuse of vulnerable adults. What research has been done focuses on people with learning disabilities
and older adults, and on institutional settings.
- Effective prevention in safeguarding needs to be broadly defined and should include all social care user groups and service configurations. It does not mean being over-protective or risk-averse.
- Some of the most common prevention interventions for vulnerable adults include training and education of vulnerable adults and staff on abuse in order to help them to recognise and respond to abuse.
- Other approaches include: identifying people at risk of abuse; awareness raising; information, advice and advocacy; policies and procedures; community links; legislation and regulation; inter-agency collaboration and a general emphasis on promoting empowerment and choice.
- Prevention needs to take place in the context of person-centred support and personalisation, with individuals empowered to make choices and supported to manage risks.
For further details, please see the original report:
Faulkner A & Sweeney A (2011) Prevention in adult safeguarding, London: Social Care Institute for Excellence
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