The six principles that underpin all safeguarding work are:
- Empowerment: Adults are encouraged to make their own decisions and are provided with support and information
- Prevention: Strategies are developed to prevent abuse and neglect that promotes resilience and self determination
- Proportionate: A proportionate and least intrusive response is made balanced with the level of risk
- Protection: Adults are offered ways to protect themselves and there is a coordinated response to adult safeguarding
- Partnership: Local solutions through services working together within their communities
- Accountability: Accountability and transparency in delivering a safeguarding response
Safeguarding is fundamentally about managing risk surrounding the well being and safety of the individual.
The Serious Crime Act 2015 helps improve the support offered for many vulnerable groups including children and young people, victims of domestic violence and abuse, victims of Female Genital Mutilation and modern day slavery.