Key Principles of Adult Safeguarding

The following six principles apply to all sectors and settings including; voluntary community sector, care and support services, further education colleges, commissioning, regulation and provision of health and care services, social work, healthcare, welfare benefits, housing, wider local authority functions and the criminal justice system.

The principles should inform the ways in which professionals and other staff work with adults. The principles can also help organisations and groups more widely, by using them to examine and improve their safeguarding arrangements.


Key principles

  1. Empowerment – People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent
  2. Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs
  3. Proportionality – The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  4. Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need
  5. Partnership – Local solutions through services working with their communities
  6. Accountability – Accountability and transparency when delivering safeguarding

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