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National Update from the Department of Health: Adult Safeguarding Reviews

Claire Crawley Senior Policy Maker, Adult Safeguarding at the Department of Health spoke at today’s Adult Safeguarding Enquires and Safeguarding Adults Reviews conference on:

  • the implications of the Care Act 2014 for adult safeguarding enquiries and reviews

  • types of safeguarding enquiry

  • the revised regulations and guidance: what has changed

  • what the Act means in practice and what should be in place by April 2015

  • ensuring the adult is supported through the process

  • ensuring safeguarding adults reviews meet the six safeguarding principles

  • the principles should be applied by SABs and their partner organisations to all reviews

In her presentation Claire discussed the six principles of adult safeguarding:

  • Empowerment - Presumption of person led decisions and informed consent.

  • Prevention - It is better to take action before harm occurs.

  • Proportionality – Proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.

  • Protection -Support and representation for those in greatest need.

  • Partnership - Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.

  • Accountability - Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.

Clare commented that there is "welcome news, DASAMs are out (Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager)" and continued to comment that they "need skilled workers for Independent Advocacy Support"

Claire Crawley’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Claire Crawley’s Biography:

Claire is a social worker / social work manager by background. She began working in social care in 1973. She has worked across all groups and settings. Her last operational job was as a senior manager in Birmingham SSD. She spent 2 years (1992-94) as Deputy Director of the Social Services Management Unit at the University of Birmingham. She then joined the Social Services Inspectorate in London as an inspector. The SSI was at that time a part of the Department of Health. After 5 years she moved to a policy team in the Department of Health as a professional advisor. Since 2003 she has been a mainstream civil servant. She has had a number of lead policy roles that have covered things such as carers’ policy, assessment, care management, commissioning, direct payments, pandemic influenza planning and law reform. She currently leads a small team working on adult safeguarding policy and the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. 

Also of interest:

Masterclass: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Friday 13 November, Hallam Conference Centre, London


Masterclass: Managing the Media in a Healthcare Crisis
Tuesday 17 November, Cavendish Conference Centre, London


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Ensuring Compliance in Practice
Tuesday 17 November, Hallam Conference Centre, London


Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults: Improving Adult Safeguarding Practice, Decision Making & Outcomes
Tuesday 1 December, Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: clare-crawley_1199.pdf

12 October 2015


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