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Aims and Principles of Safeguarding

07/04/2021

Aims of Adult Safeguarding:

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    • prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs
    • stop abuse or neglect wherever possible
    • safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having control about how they want to live
    • promote an approach that concentrates on improving life for the adults concerned
    • raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect
    • provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do to raise a concern about the safety or well-being of an adult
    • address what has caused the abuse or neglect

Principles and the approach for South Yorkshire

This South Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Principles document contains the key overarching principles to which the four local authority areas will work. It is further underpinned by Local Guidance and Procedures for operational teams.

This high level adult safeguarding document outlines the principles, themes and approach to be taken when working with adults (age 18 and over) who may be or are at risk from abuse and neglect. It focuses on people whose situation meets The Care Act safeguarding enquiry duties (section 42).