10.1a Explain the term safeguarding adults

‘Safeguarding adults’ means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about working together to prevent the risks and experience of adults being abused and neglected. It promotes the individual’s well-being while balancing their right to be safe with their right to make informed choices.

It also involves taking the individual’s views, wishes and beliefs into consideration when deciding on an action to ensure that they are free from abuse, but maintain their independence and control over their life. Health and social care organisations have certain responsibilities and so does every worker. We will go over these responsibilities in the next section.