[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 8, March 2012].
The Department of Health commissioned this document in 2009, which is up-to-date to December 2010. This guide is a response to requests from practitioners for a comprehensive guide to the legal framework in force for adult safeguarding, with advice on how to assist and safeguard vulnerable people. This guide is aimed primarily at practitioners working in organisations involved in safeguarding, but it could also be useful for carers, volunteers and family members. This guide is a pointer to UK law and to how it can be used. The law defines the extent and limits of what can be done for adults at risk of harm and to help them keep themselves safe.
Mandelstam, M. SCIE. (2011). Safeguarding adults at risk of harm: a legal guide for practitioners. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and City of London Police, December 2011. Adults’ Services SCIE Report No.50. 278p.