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What is Making Safeguarding Personal?

Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) is the approach that should be taken to all safeguarding work.  The key principle of MSP is to support and empower each adult to make choices and have control about how they want to live their own life.  It is a shift in culture and practice in response to what is now known about what makes safeguarding more or less effective from the perspective of the adult being safeguarded.

MSP is about having conversations with people about how responses to safeguarding situations can be made in a way that enhances their involvement, choice and control as well as improving their quality of life, well-being and safety.  It is about seeing people as experts in their own lives, and working alongside them to identify the outcomes they want.

MSP focuses on achieving meaningful improvements to people’s lives to prevent abuse and neglect occurring in the future, including ways for them to protect themselves.  People are individuals with a variety of different preferences, histories, circumstances and life-styles; so safeguarding arrangements should not prescribe a process that must be followed whenever a concern is raised, but instead take a more personalised approach.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board makes it clear throughout our policy, procedures, business plans and priorities that the aims of MSP must be embedded throughout all the work we do.

We have developed a self-assessment tool which allows our partners to check where they are against the standards expected. If you would like to know more about this tool please contact: angela.harbour@peterborough.gov.uk

The Local Government Association (LGA) has produced a lot of resources for MSP, intended to support Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) and partners in developing and promoting Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP).

https://www.local.gov.uk/topics/social-care-health-and-integration/adult-social-care/making-safeguarding-personal/resources

The LGA have also published a number of guides on MSP aimed at specific organisations:

What might ‘good’ look like for health and social care commissioners and providers?

Commissioners and providers across the health and social care sectors play a critical part in safeguarding adults, both on the front line and at a strategic level, as partners on safeguarding adult boards.

https://www.local.gov.uk/making-safeguarding-personal-what-might-good-look-health-and-social-care-commissioners-and

What might ‘good’ look like for those working in the housing sector?

The housing sector plays a critical part in safeguarding adults, both on the front line and at a strategic level, as partners on safeguarding adults boards. It aims to support housing commissioners and providers to make safeguarding personal.

https://www.local.gov.uk/making-safeguarding-personal-what-might-good-look-those-working-housing-sector

What might ‘good’ look like for the police?

The police play a critical part in safeguarding adults both on the frontline and at a strategic level as statutory partners on safeguarding adults boards.

https://www.local.gov.uk/making-safeguarding-personal-what-might-good-look-police

What might ‘good’ look like for advocacy?

Advocacy plays a critical part in safeguarding adults, both on the front line, and at a strategic level as a partner on safeguarding adults boards.

https://www.local.gov.uk/making-safeguarding-personal-what-might-good-look-advocacy

Other Useful contacts

https://www.adass.org.uk/safeguarding-policy-page

https://www.scie.org.uk/care-act-2014/safeguarding-adults/safeguarding-adults-boards-checklist-and-resources/ma

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