The Principles of Safeguarding

  • By Graeme Brown
  • Mar 13, 2018

Safeguarding is one of the priorities for anyone who is working with adults in a health and social care setting. This involves preventing or significantly reducing the risk of harm. Taking steps to ensure this happens is particularly important when working with vulnerable adults. To help those working in such roles to put the appropriate strategies into place, the UK government has set out a set of principles. Having a clear understanding of these is the first step towards helping to protect others. The six principles of safeguarding are as follows:

EMPOWERMENT- This is about supporting people in a way that allows them to make their own informed decisions.

PREVENTION- Whenever possible, it is important to put steps in place and take preventative action to reduce the risk of harm rather than reactive measures once the harm is already done.

PROPORTIONALITY- It is important to assess the level of risk and respond to this proportionally. This is important because it can disadvantage people and prevent them from making their own choices if you are too protective over a low-risk.

PROTECTION- It is the responsibility of caregivers to provide those in their care with the appropriate level of protection they need.

PARTNERSHIP- Safeguarding is not the sole responsibility of just one person; it is important that everyone working with an individual does so in partnership. There are often many individuals and groups of people collaborating to provide care and support. This may be care workers, communities, medical professional, social support services, and many others. Each person or groups will have a different role in covering the angles to prevent, detect, or report abuse and neglect.

ACCOUNTABILITY- Many aspects of a carer’s role require accountability. This means taking responsibility for your role and actions. Accountability applies to safeguarding.

It is essential that anyone working with vulnerable adults in a health and social care setting receives the appropriate training and this is something about which you should speak to your manager. If you are in a managerial role, then it is your responsibility to ensure that your staff have the appropriate safeguarding training. This training should cover:

·         Recognising the signs of maltreatment, neglect, and abuse.

·         A basic knowledge of related legislation.

·         An understanding of the actions to take if you have concerns.

·         Knowledge of how to seek safeguarding advice.

At Create Care Training Ltd., we have a selection of courses available to support a greater understanding of safeguarding in a health and social care settings. These include e-learning courses and continuous professional development courses. We also have a similar range of courses available for those who are working with children and young people.

If you are interested in finding out more about our range of safeguarding course, then please contact us via Alternatively, telephone 07505987664 or 07971122881.



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