Adult safeguarding: BASW, IDeA and Scie call for evidence

Social care leaders have issued a call for good practice examples about protecting vulnerable adults to address a shortfall in evidence.

The aim is to build a body of evidence to help improve the lives of vulnerable people who have experienced abuse.

The call for evidence comes from the Improvement and Development Agency, Social Care Institute of Excellence, British Association of Social Workers and Women’s Aid.

They are looking for both individual examples of good practice and organisational examples covering the commissioning or provision of services that support people to manage risk and make difficult decisions.

Until now little research has been carried out in this area in the UK, though the available literature is also being analysed.

These organisations said: “The literature reviewed presents a strong case for empowering a person to take control of a situation and to be supported as they work through the very personal process of managing relationships and coming to terms with what has happened to them.”

They said they were keen to encourage people to give examples because of issues highlighted in the government’s review of the 2000 No Secrets guidance and evidence Women’s Aid has received from disabled women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Last week the government announced plans to legislate to put safeguarding adult boards on a statutory footing as part of its response to the No Secrets review.

Practice examples and stories can be submitted to Jess O’Brien 

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