In Royal Greenwich, safeguarding is about working together to prevent and stop the risks and experience of abuse or neglect. We make sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted and give regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This is delivered through the Safeguarding Adults Local Protocol, March 2016 which sets out the framework for the delivery of safeguarding activities in Royal Greenwich.
This protocol was developed in accordance with the following six key principles that underpin all adult safeguarding work as laid out in the Care and Support Statutory Guidance, March 2016 and the London Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy & Procedures, December 2015. The principles inform the ways in which professionals and other staff in Royal Greenwich work with adults. The principles also help the Safeguarding Adults Board and organisations more widely, by using them to examine and improve their local arrangements.
Six key principles that underpin all adult safeguarding work
- Empowerment People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.
“I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens”
- Prevention It is better to take action before harm occurs.
“I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help”
- Proportionality The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
“I am sure that the professionals will work in my interest, as I see them and they will only get involved as much as needed”
- Protection Support and representation for those in greatest need.
“I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want”
- Partnership Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
“I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me”
- Accountability Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.
“I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they”