National Update from the Department of Health: Improving Adult Safeguarding Practice
Claire Crawley Senior Policy Maker, Adult Safeguarding at the Department of Health spoke at today’s Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults conference on:
what has been the impact of the Care Act 2014?
making safeguarding personal: improving adult safeguarding practice
professional judgement and decision making in safeguarding
developing guidance on managing self neglect
delivering culture change and implementing the practice guidance
Claire Crawley’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.
In her presentation Claire discussed
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
Making safeguaring personal
- MSP means safeguarding should be person-led and outcome-focused.
- MSP 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.
- All safeguarding partners should take a broad community approach to establishing safeguarding arrangements-particularly important in prevention.
- Adult safeguarding arrangements are there to protect individuals and their wishes.
- We all have different preferences, histories, circumstances and life-styles, so it is unhelpful to prescribe a pre-determined process that must be followed whenever a concern is raised.
Claire Crawleys 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:
Safeguarding Concerns and Alerts
Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding
Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Adult Safeguarding Enquiries & Safeguarding Adults Reviews
Implementing the NEW NICE Quality Standard for Domestic Violence & Improving the effectiveness of MARACs
Download: claire-crawley_1265.pdf1 December 2015