WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SAFEGUARDING &
DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY SAFEGUARDS?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SAFEGUARDING & DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY SAFEGUARDS?

Safeguarding is a general term given to taking actions and raising awareness to keep people safe from harm, abuse and neglect.
Introduced in 2007 the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) can only apply to people who are in a care home or hospital. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a statutory framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack mental capacity to do so for themselves. This now means that if a person is subject both to continuous supervision and control and not free to leave they are deprived of their liberty.

WHO IS AFFECTED AND HOW?

WHO IS AFFECTED AND HOW?


Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the actions taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

If a child lacks the capacity to consent, they may be treated without their consent under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) as long as the treatment does not involve a deprivation of liberty.

Referrals/Concerns received by each local authority, as at 31st March.

ALLEGED VICTIMS OF ABUSE

Number of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard referrals received in Western Bay:

WHAT SUPPORT ARE THEY GETTING?

WHAT SUPPORT ARE THEY GETTING?


– In some safeguarding cases referrals are made to paid Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA) but this is normally after the abuse has occurred.

– The Protection of Vulnerable Adults team monitor the well-being of people in care homes

WHAT CHANGES DO WE NEED TO PLAN FOR?

WHAT CHANGES DO WE NEED TO PLAN FOR?


– The increasing age of the population of Western Bay indicates that the demand for more health and social care services and Adult at Risk referrals will also rise.

– Need to simplify access to advocates for adults at risk.

– It is essential to continue to invest in preventative and early intervention services that enable people to remain safe, independent and living in their own homes in the community.

– It has been recognised that more work is required to capture the personal outcomes of those who have gone through the Protection of Vulnerable Adults process.

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