Welcome to the NHS Cumbria PCT Adult Safeguarding webpage.
The Cumbria Adult Safeguarding Board raises awareness and promotes the welfare of vulnerable adults by the development of an effective co-operative.
On this page you can view and download the current policy, procedure, annual report and other released publications.
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Mental capacity act
Every person has the right to live a life free from abuse and neglect. This right is underpinned by the duty on public agencies under the Human Rights Act (1998) to intervene proportionately to protect the rights of citizens. However whilst vast amounts of single and multi-agency work have been carried out over the last few years to protect vulnerable children, adults at risk or victims of abuse have received significantly less attention.
Unlike children there is no one piece of legislation that covers vulnerable adults and procedures are driven by a range of statutes and policies. In March 2000 No Secrets: guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse was published by the Department of Health. This placed a requirement on all agencies to collaborate closely to develop policies and local codes of practice. Following this in Kirklees, a Safeguarding Adults Board was established which consists of representation from a range of statutory and voluntary agencies at a senior level.
The Board's job is to make sure that protecting and safeguarding adults is a priority for everyone. This policy has been developed as a result of this developing work.
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