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Safeguarding Adults from Abuse

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banner Abuse is defined as 'a violation of an individual's human and civil rights by any other person or persons'. (No Secrets', Department of Health and Home Office 2000).

The key criterion for determining eligibility for care services is 'risk to independence and well being' ('Fair Access to Care' DH 2002.) which calls for an assessment of the risk posed by the abuse and neglect to quality of life.

The emphasis is now on empowering adults to access services of their own choosing in addition to acting to protect adults where this is necessary. The duty to provide protection to those who do not have mental capacity has become clearer (Mental Capacity Act 2005).

All people have a right to live a life that is free from violence and abuse. The experience of abuse and neglect has a significant impact on a person's health and well being.

Berkshire Adults Safeguarding PolicyBerkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy

Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Good Practice Guidance Manual 2011 is fully operational across Berkshire. It is in a web based electronic format for easy access and updating. The new manual has been developed by all six Berkshire Authorities

For more information about safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults from abuse please visit our other webpages:

Who to contact if you suspect abuse

What is abuse?

What to do about abuse

Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy

Safeguarding Adults Review

Safeguarding Adults Board


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Modified: 2015-03-25
Published: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:55:28
Author: Allison Helyer
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