Helen Wilsdon — BA(Hons) — CQSW — PTLLS — HCPC Registered (Number SW85071) Delivering Specialist Training for Safeguarding Adults

What does Making Safeguarding Personal Mean?

The Challenge

What good is it making someone safer if it merely makes them miserable? We must tolerate acceptable risks as the price appropriately to be paid in order to achieve some other good – in particular to achieve the vital good of the elderly or vulnerable person’s happiness.’ Lord Justice Munby, re MM

Making Safeguarding Personal is a shift in culture and practice in response to what we now know about what makes safeguarding more or less effective from the perspective of the person being safeguarded. It is about having conversations with people about how we might respond in safeguarding situations in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety. It is about seeing people as experts in their own lives and working alongside them. It is about collecting information about the extent to which this shift has a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a shift from a process supported by conversations to a series of conversations supported by a process

Source, Making Safeguarding Personal: Guide 2014, Local Government Association

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