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Statement of Government Policy on Adult Safeguarding

The purpose of this document is to update you on the Government’s policy on safeguarding adults vulnerable to abuse and neglect. It includes the statement of principles for Local Authority Social Services and housing, health, the police and other agencies to use, for both developing and assessing the effectiveness of their local safeguarding arrangements. It also describes, in broad terms, the outcomes for adult safeguarding, for both individuals and organisations

It outlines the next steps that Government is taking. We first published the document in 2011. We have updated it; including adding in resource materials that have become available since then. We have also reworded it in places to try to make to it easier for a wider audience to read and understand.

In the two years since we published the first statement, the Government has published a Vision for Social Care, a White Paper, a consultation on a draft care and support Bill and a consultation on a Power of Entry.

All of these concentrated on better outcomes for individuals by balancing protection from harm with the need for individuals to exercise choice and control over how they live.

This document gives people at a local level the national context for their own responsibilities and activities. That includes councillors and communities as well as professionals and agencies. It also acts as a bridge between No Secrets and the duties and powers contained in the draft care and support Bill. It aims to encourage progress and action and avoid the inertia that often accompanies anticipated change.