There are six key principles that you should follow to keep the individuals you care for safe. These are listed below:
- Empowerment-Supporting and encouraging individuals to make their own decisions and informed consent. For example, allowing the individual to make choices about their own care and support.
- Prevention-Taking action before harm occurs to prevent it from happening. For example, recognising the signs of abuse and taking action to prevent further abuse from occurring.
- Proportionality-Choosing the least intrusive response to the risk that has been presented. For example, respecting an individual’s privacy and only getting involved as much as is absolutely necessary.
- Protection-Supporting and representing those greatest in need. For example, supporting an individual to report any abuse and neglect that they may receive.
- Partnership-Finding local solutions through working with the community. For example, treating all information an individual provides with strict confidentiality.
- Accountability-Being transparent and taking accountability in delivering safeguarding. For example, making sure an individual knows how they will be cared for.
You should apply these principles to your work as has been explained above to help keep the individuals you care for safe.