Safeguarding Adults is increasingly a core activity for qualified practitioners in adult and mental health services. Practice in this area requires a high level of skill and knowledge as professionals seek to Safeguard those most vulnerable and at risk of harm in society, whilst also striving to protect individual’s right to live their lives as they choose. This will often involve striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals and people who use services and their families, offering a professional judgment on a complex situation whilst managing high levels of risk.
The developments at the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work in Safeguarding Adults at risk
The World Health Organisation suggest for many staying out of harms’ way is a matter of locking doors and windows and avoiding dangerous places, people and situations; however for many of the individuals you work with it is not quite so easy. The threat of abuse is often behind those closed doors, hidden from public view and for those living in the midst of adult abuse fear permeates many aspects of their lives.
The role of professionals in Safeguarding Adults is an increasingly important, and complex, area of practice requiring a good level of skill and ability.
The resources produced by the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work have been developed to support practice, to complement the good work already being undertaken and whilst the media rightly focuses on the failings of the system, it is important for us to also celebrate the little successes achieved on a daily basis but never seen by the media or wider society, but which make such a difference to those you work with.
It is right not to be complacent, but, it is also right to be confident, confident that you can and do make a difference.
The resources discussed above are part of our on-going commitment to supporting practitioners, and the organisations they work in, to continue improving the lives of those at risk of harm and who are experiencing abuse. We never forget at the centre of practice in safeguarding adults is a person in need of support.