Making safeguarding personal

The Care Act 2014 emphasises a personalised approach to adult safeguarding that is led by the individual, not by the process.

It's important that the adult feels that they are the focus and they have control over the process. The approaches of agencies and services to adult safeguarding should be person-led and outcome-focused.

Making safeguarding personal (MSP) is not simply about gaining an individual’s consent, although that is important, but also about hearing people’s views about what they want as an outcome.

MSP is also about ascertaining the extent to which the outcomes the individual wanted were achieved in the end.

Read more about making safeguarding personal:

  • the Local Government Association
  • the Social Care Institute for Excellence

The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have produced a resource to support safeguarding adults boards and partners in developing and promoting MSP. The document, which is attached to this page, supports boards both in their assurance role and in actively supporting and leading a culture change towards MSP.

The safeguarding adults what to expect leaflet is an accessible guide for adults aged 18 years old or over and/or their advocate to explain what to expect if they are involved in the safeguarding adults process.