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Safeguarding Adults Legislation in the UK

With so many pieces of legislation and guidance relating to Safeguarding Adults, it is hard to remember them all. Here we list and summarise the pieces that are relevant to all UK countries.

  • Data Protection Act 2018

    The Data Protection Act 2018 sets out the framework for data protection legislation in the UK, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. It supports the protection of information by outlining how personal data must be stored, collected and processed, and is relevant to adult safeguarding practice because it sets out when information should be shared, and lines of responsibility for the collection and processing of data.

    Link:Data Protection Act 2018

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995

    The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 promotes equality of opportunity by making it illegal to discriminate against people living with disabilities on the basis of their disability.

    Link:Disability Discrimination Act 1995

  • Equality Act 2010

    The Equality Act 2010 makes it an offence to discriminate on the basis of nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

    Link:Equality Act 2010

  • Human Rights Act 1998

    The Human Rights Act 1998 consists of 14 articles reflecting those used in the European Convention on Human Rights, to give rights to every person living in the UK. It came into force in October 2000. Articles 2 and 3 are of particular relevance to adult safeguarding, as these are the right to life and the right to freedom from torture and inhumane or degrading treatment, respectively.

    Link:Human Rights Act 1998

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an international human rights law which protects and promotes individuals’ fundamental right and freedoms. It aims to ensure all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity.

    Link:Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

  • The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

    The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) promotes high standards of social care services and influences the development of social care legislation and respective policy.

    Link: www.adass.org.uk

  • Protect (formerly Public Concerns at Work)

    Protect provide specific guidance and advice on whistleblowing, all of which is free of charge and confidential.

    Link: https://www.pcaw.org.uk/

  • Skills for Care

    Skills for Care offer tools and support to assist the social care workforce to achieve best practice, supporting the implementation of underpinning legislation.

    Link: www.skillsforcare.org.uk

  • The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)

    The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) provides guidance on best practice using evidence-based practice. SCIE is a leading support agency and independent charity working with organisations that support adults, families and children working across the UK.

    Link: https://www.scie.org.uk/about/

Safeguarding Adults Legislation in England

In the UK, we have pieces of safeguarding adults legislation and guidance that are relevant across the nation, but we also have pieces that are country-specific. Here we list and summarise the pieces that are specific to England.

Safeguarding Adults Legislation in Scotland

In the UK, we have pieces of safeguarding adults legislation and guidance that are relevant across the nation, but we also have pieces that are country-specific. Here we list and summarise the pieces that are specific to Scotland.

  • Adult Support and Protection Act 2007

    The Adult Support and Protection Act places the lead role of the local council and its related powers and duties on a statutory footing. Section 4 of the Act requires local councils to make inquiries about a person’s wellbeing, property or financial affairs where appears that an adult at risk may need intervention and protections. It also includes provisions for assessment orders, removal orders and banning orders.

    Link:Adult Support and Protection Act 2007

  • Adult Support and Protection Act 2007

    The Adults with Incapacity Act 2000 provides a framework for safeguarding the welfare and managing the finances of adults who lack capacity because of a mental illness, learning disability, dementia, a related condition or have an inability to communicate. The Act provides for three types of protection when an adult lacks capacity: welfare guardianship, financial guardianship, and power of attorney.

    Link:Adults with Incapacity Act 2000

  • Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2003

    The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2003 applies to adults living with a mental illness, learning disability or related condition referred to as ‘mental disorder’. The Act sets out when and how people can be treated if they have a mental disorder; when people can be treated or taken into hospital against their will; what a person’s rights are, and the safeguards which ensure these rights are protected; and that people with learning disabilities and/or a mental illness have a right to independent advocacy.

    Link:Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2003

  • Mental Health Act 2015

    The Mental Health Act 2015 consists of 10 principles that should be upheld when safeguarding individuals with mental health issues, including that the person’s background, beliefs and abilities should be taken into account; that a range of options for their care should be explored; and that any restrictions on the person’s freedom are the minimum necessary in the circumstances.

    Link:Mental Health Act 2015

  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2007

    The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2007 prevents unsuitable people working with children, young people and adults at risk and ensuring any organisation working with vulnerable people has an appropriate safeguarding policy for recruiting and staff and volunteers; responding to actual and suspected incidents of abuse; and conducting risk assessments.

    Link:Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2007

  • Act Against Harm

    Act Against Harm constitutes information and advice provided by the Scottish Government about the Adult Support and Protection Act 2006.

    Link:http://www.actagainstharm.org/

  • The Care Inspectorate

    The Care Inspectorate inspects and regulates health and social care services in Scotland. It provides guidance for services on safeguarding practice and how they underpin and contribute towards effective safeguarding.

    Link: http://www.careinspectorate.com/

  • Disclosure Scotland – Framework Document (2018)

    Disclosure Scotland’s Framework Document 2018 outlines how Disclosure Scotland operates to fulfil the duties set out in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Disclosure Scotland manages the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme, including barring unsuitable people from certain types of work.

    Link:Disclosure Scotland – Framework Document

  • Adult Support and Protection Code of Practice (2014)

    The Adult Support and Protection Code of Practice 2014 provides guidance about the performance functions by councils, their officers and other professionals. It also outlines how councils and practitioners should implemented the Adult Support and Protection Act 2007.

    Link:Adult Support and Protection Code of Practice

  • National Care Standards

    National Care Services ensure that people using services and their families know what to expect, and what action to take if they are unhappy or worried about any aspect of their care, and apply to the groups such as elderly, people with substance abuse problems, and care homes for those with learning disabilities.

    Link:National Care Standards

Safeguarding Adults Legislation in Northern Ireland

In the UK, we have pieces of safeguarding adults legislation and guidance that are relevant across the nation, but we also have pieces that are country-specific. Here we list and summarise the pieces that are specific to Northern Ireland.

Safeguarding Adults Legislation in Wales

In the UK, we have pieces of safeguarding adults legislation and guidance that are relevant across the nation, but we also have pieces that are country-specific. Here we list and summarise the pieces that are specific to Wales.

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