The safety and well-being of adults at risk who come into contact with services funded by Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (SCCGs) is of the utmost importance to us.
Health services have a duty to safeguard all patients and to provide additional measures for patients who are less able to protect themselves from harm, abuse and neglect. The SCCGs work with, and seek assurances from services to ensure this is the case
Organisations in Suffolk have worked together to develop Suffolk Multi-Agency Safeguarding Procedures and Guidance for Adults, these can be found on the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board Website.
Principle 1 – Empowerment - Presumption of person led decisions and consent
Adults should be in control of their care and their consent is needed for decisions and actions designed to protect them. There must be clear justification where action is taken without consent such as lack of capacity or other legal or public interest justification. Where a person is not able to control the decision, they will still be included in decisions to the extent that they are able. Decisions made must respect the person’s age, culture, beliefs and lifestyle.
Principle 2 – Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need
There is a duty to support all patients to protect themselves. There is a positive obligation to take additional measures for patients who may be less able to protect themselves.
Principle 3 – Prevention
Prevention of harm or abuse is a primary goal. Prevention involves helping the person to reduce risks of harm and abuse that are unacceptable to them. Prevention also involves reducing risks of neglect and abuse occurring within health services.
Principle 4 – Proportionality – Proportionality and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
Responses to harm and abuse should reflect the nature and seriousness of the concern. Responses must be the least restrictive of the person’s rights and take account of the person’s age, culture, wishes, lifestyle and beliefs. Proportionality also relates to managing concerns in the most effective and efficient way.
Principle 5 – Partnerships – Local solutions through services working with their communities
Safeguarding adults will be most effective where citizens, services and communities work collaboratively to prevent, identify and respond to harm and abuse.
Principle 6 – Accountability – Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding
Services are accountable to patients, public and to their governing bodies. Working in partnerships also entails being open and transparent with partner agencies about how safeguarding responsibilities are being met.
(Ref: The role of Health Service Practitioners DH 2011)
Out of Hours please contact 111
BMA Safeguarding Adults Toolkit
Suffolk Safeguarding Adult Board home - make a referral
Mental Capacity Act Directory