What is Safeguarding?
The purpose of Adult Safeguarding is about making sure that adults at risk are able to live their lives free from abuse and neglect, while being supported in exercising choice and retaining independence. The needs of the individual adult at risk and other adults at risk are Safeguarding priorities.
Who is responsible for safeguarding adults?
We all have a responsibility to protect vulnerable people. Adult safeguarding should be a prime concern of every agency involved in social care and health. Every agency providing services to adults at risk has a key role in safeguarding Wirral residents- however councils have the leading role.
In Wirral the Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board makes sure that a wide range of agencies, services and people work together to safeguard adults at risk. These partners include the NHS, housing, the police, hospitals, the Care Quality Commission, the voluntary sector, people who use services and carers.
Wirral's Department of Adult Social Services provides safeguarding adults training to both its own staff and staff from other partner organisations who work with adults at risk.
How we respond to abuse is influenced by the seriousness of the abuse, the relationship between the alleged perpetrator and the adult at risk and the views of the adult at risk.
In Wirral we take a person-centred approach, which is also sensitive to a person’s cultural needs. The focus is always on the empowerment and well-being of the person. It is our aim to listen to the person, ensure that their voice is heard, and strike a balance between protecting individuals and promoting their safety, whilst recognising people’s rights to independence and choice, and supporting and enabling individuals to take risks.
When the dignity of an individual is not respected this is likely to result in poor practice; this in turn may lead to the abuse or neglect of that individual. It is therefore imperative that the dignity of all individuals is upheld at all times.