What is ‘Safeguarding Adults’ and why is it important to delivering health care?
Health services have a duty to safeguard all patients but provide additional measures for patients who are less able to protect themselves from harm or abuse.
Safeguarding adults covers a range of activity from prevention through to multi agency responses where harm and abuse occurs.
Multi agency procedures apply where there is concern of harm, exploitation, coercion, crime, neglect or abuse to a patient defined as ‘vulnerable’ or “at risk”.
Who is a vulnerable adult?
Our locally defined definition of an adult at risk is:
Any person aged 18 years or older who is or maybe unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against harm, exploitation, crime, neglect or abuse.
Safeguarding adults is an integral part of patient care. Duties to safeguard patients are required by professional regulators, service regulators and supported in law.
We work closely with our partners in the Independent Sector, Care Quality Commission, Greater Manchester Police and Trafford Council to ensure we have a joined up, robust approach to Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.
Responding to concerns – a stepped approach to safeguarding adults
Effective safeguarding depends on a culture of zero tolerance of harm, where concerns can be raised with confidence so that action will be timely, effective, proportionate and sensitive to the needs of those involved.
Boundary House Safeguarding policy enables the practice to demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of children and young people. The practice acknowledges its duty to respond appropriately to any suspicions, allegations or reports of harm, exploitation, coercion and/or neglect and abuse.
This practice is committed to implementing its policy and the practices it sets out for all staff and partners and will provide learning opportunities and make provision for appropriate child and adult protection training to all staff and partners.