The Care Act statutory guidance defines adult safeguarding as:
Protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This must recognise that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.
People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.
It is better to take action before harm occurs.
The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
Support and representation for those in greatest need.
Local solutions through working closely with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
Taking responsibility and being transparent in safeguarding practice.