Safeguarding balances the right to be safe with the right to make informed choices, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, taking into consideration their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. Health and social care organisations have particular responsibilities, but every worker has a part to play.
Providing real choice and control for people who use social care means enabling people to take the risks they choose, particularly in the use of self-directed support and personal budget with the support of frontline staff, people using services should be enabled to define their own risks and to recognise, identify and report abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues. The report of the government policy on adults safeguarding published in May 2011, established the government’s idea for improving services that is based on accomplishing local service provision and outcome-focused practice.
Six vital principles underpin all adult safeguarding work
Empowerment – People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent
Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs.
Proportionality – The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need.
Partnership – local solutions through services working with their communities.
Accountability – Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding,
Following the government principle behind good approaches to support vulnerable adult to assess risk and made informed choices.
In our Care homes we ensure that all parts of the home to which individuals have access are free from hazards to their safety so far as reasonably practicable. All staff also ensures that they have identified and eliminated all unnecessary risks to the health or safety of individuals as far as possible. In our care homes the rights of one individual may conflict with another. For example where our bathrooms are shared the ability of a person to judge the temperature of bath water for themselves is vital.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that, for a variety of reasons, bath water temperatures are not always checked and as a result numerous incidents of scalding, some fatal, have occurred over the past few years. we had to implemented this changes in our home where at least one individual is assessed as not able to judge a significant risk, such as hot water, then following health and safety legislation requirement all our tap have a mixer valve fitted to the bath to 44°C. In doing these risk is reduced for everyone, not just those who cannot judge the temperature for themselves.