Statement of Government Policy on Adult Safeguarding

An update on the Government's policy on safeguarding adults vulnerable to abuse and neglect


This is an update 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. They first published the document in 2011.  They have updated it; including adding in resource materials that have become available since then. They have also reworded it in places to try to make to it easier for a wider audience to read and understand.

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