National Safeguarding Adults Week 2024

Safeguarding Adults Week 2024 takes place from Monday 18 – Friday 22 November 2024. 

During Safeguarding Adults Week 2024 we will explore a different safeguarding theme each day. The themes will encourage us to consider how we can work together to establish safer cultures within our workplaces and communities.  See below the themes provided by the Ann Craft Trust:

Look, Listen, Ask – Developing Professional Curiosity 

Professional curiosity is where a practitioner proactively recognises and asks questions to try to understand what is happening within a particular institution, family or for an individual, rather than making assumptions or taking a single source of information and accepting it at face value. To achieve safer cultures and communities, practitioners and members of the community should be professionally curious. 

How do we listen to people?

It is important to be person-centred within safeguarding practice and actively listen and respond to those we work with. Co-production features in the Care Act (2014) for England, the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (2014) for Wales and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessment framework. Co-production is something all organisations should incorporate into their practice. 

Establishing Professional Boundaries

Developing good quality relationships are important across all organisations and communities. Professional boundaries help us to understand what good quality relationships look like both within and outside of work. Thinking about professional boundaries encourages us to establish clear foundations about the nature of working relationships from the outset.  

Recognising exploitation: The ladder of criminality

Criminal exploitation is the deliberate abuse of power and control over another person. It is taking advantage of another person or situation for criminal purposes or personal gain. Criminal exploitation could also include other forms of harm and abuse such as modern slavery, sexual exploitation or cuckooing. 

Professional and Organisational Learning 

To effectively safeguard adults and establish safer cultures, it is important for organisations and individuals to be engaged in a process of continual learning and development.