Safeguarding Adults: Roles and Responsibilities In Health And Care Services
This paper provides clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the key agencies involved in adult safeguarding. The aim is to ensure that the right things are done by the right people at the right time, working within their own agency and with partners.
2. Context People who use health and care services should be treated with dignity and respect, receive high quality, compassionate care and be safe from harm and abuse.
Ensuring that this happens is the prime responsibility of those who provide and commission services and the main focus for those who regulate standards in care. Clarity on roles and responsibilities is especially important at a time when:
• public and political concerns have been raised by a number of shocking failures of care and cases of abuse that have shaken confidence in the care system
• major organisational changes in the NHS, and the transfer of safeguarding responsibilities to new organisations, have led to some uncertainty
• the Care Act, as it comes into effect, will place adult safeguarding arrangements on a statutory basis and bring in new duties.