Adult Safeguarding Explained
Making Safeguarding Personal
Safeguarding adults is different to safeguarding children. Adults can decide that they do not want agencies to interfere in their life. This is called ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’.
However, the safeguarding team must consider whether someone has the mental capacity to make decisions and must also consider the risks to the person or whether someone is trying to control them. If the risks are very high or they assess that the person does not have mental capacity, they may still intervene even if the person doesn’t want them to. Though they may need to take the case to Court first.
The Mental Capacity Act (2005) is the law which outlines the legal duties in relation to how agencies should consider a persons capacity to make decisions.