Safeguarding Adult Policy Statement
Dr T Abela & Partners are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for its patients. We believe that it is unacceptable for anybody to experience abuse of any kind and we recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
The purpose of this policy is to:
- Provide protection for all adults who are registered with us.
- Safeguard adults at risk of abuse or neglect by identifying and clarifying how relationships between health and other systems work at both strategic and operational levels.
- Clearly set out the legal framework for safeguarding adults:promote empowerment and autonomy for adults, including those who lack capacity as embodied in the Mental Capacity Act 2005, implementing an approach which appropriately balances this with safeguarding.
- Outline principles, attitudes, expectations and ways of working that recognise that safeguarding is everybody's business and that the safety and well being of those in vulnerable circumstances is at the forefront of our business.
- Provide all staff with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a adult may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm - including how to make a referral.
- Provide all staff with guidance on what will happen if an allegation is made against them.
This policy applies to all clinical and non-clinical staff.
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the adult is paramount.
- All adults regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse and have the right to freedom from abuse.
- All our staff need to be carefully selected and trained, and accept responsibility for safeguarding adults.
We will endeavour to safeguard adults by:
- Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
- Adopting adult protection guidelines and statutory requirements through detailed procedures.
- Successfully applying the six principles of safeguarding - Empowerment, Protection, Prevention, Proportionality, Partnerships, Accountability.
- Adopting a code of conduct for staff.
- Responding quickly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse or issues relating to adult welfare.
- Recruiting staff safely and ensuring all necessary checks are made.
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know.
- Providing effective management for all staff through induction, supervision, support and appropriate safeguarding training.
- Ensuring that confidential information is stored and managed in accordance with national guidance
We are also committed to ensuring that our Safeguarding Adults policies and procedures are continually reviewed and updated.
Further Guidance is available on local inter-agency procedures via social services, or here (SET).
The practice policy is also in line with Thurrock CCG's policy.