1. The Importance of Prevention
Safeguarding Adults encompasses a range of activities, including the prevention and reduction in abuse and neglect. The Local Authority must also co-operate with such other agencies or bodies as it considers appropriate in the exercise of its adult safeguarding functions. All agencies should stress the need for preventing abuse and neglect wherever possible. Observant professionals and other staff making early, positive interventions with individuals and families can make a huge difference to their lives, preventing the deterioration of a situation or breakdown of a support network.
Agencies should implement robust risk management processes in order to prevent concerns escalating to a crisis point and requiring intervention under safeguarding adult procedures. Partners should ensure that they have the mechanisms in place that enable early identification and assessment of risk through timely information sharing and targeted multi-agency intervention.