All practitioners, including those qualified, unqualified and volunteering, in whatever the setting they work or volunteer in in have a key role in preventing, identifying and responding to harm or abuse to adults. Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. When abuse or neglect does occur, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways that are proportionate to the concerns raised. In addition, the person must be at the centre of any safeguarding response and must stay as much in control of decision making as possible. The right of the individual to be heard throughout the process is a critical element in the drive to ensure more personalised care and support.

This part of our website aims to help you as a practitioner to carry out your role to ensure that adults are safeguarded from harm or abuse through guidance, policies, procedures and providing opportunities for enhancing your own learning and development in this crucial area of work. Below are links to Southampton City Council (SCC) safeguarding adults policies and guidance for practitioners: