1.2 Key principles informing this policy

All safeguarding work with adults should be based on the following principles:

  • The empowerment of adults underpins all safeguarding adults work.
  • The focus of safeguarding adults should always be to identify and endeavour to meet the desired outcomes of the adult.
  • Every person has a right to live a life free from abuse, neglect and fear.
  • Safeguarding adults is everyone’s business and responsibility.
  • There is zero tolerance to the abuse of adults.
  • All reports of abuse will be treated seriously.
  • Every person should be able to access information about how to gain safety from abuse and violence and neglect.
  • All adult safeguarding work aims to prevent abuse from taking place, and to make enquiries quickly and effectively and take appropriate action where abuse is taking place or is suspected.
  • All partner agencies, organisations and partners across the community of Sussex actively work together and encourage accountability, transparency and appropriate professional challenge.
  • People working or involved in supporting adults have the appropriate knowledge, skills and training to undertake their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding adults.
  • Support is in place for adults to prevent abuse from occurring as well as post-abuse support.

The Care Act and the Care Act guidance sets out the statutory requirement for local authority social services, health, police and other agencies to both develop and assess the effectiveness of their local safeguarding arrangements.  This is founded on the six key principles below.


Six key principles

  • Empowerment People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and give informed consent.
    “I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens.”
  • Prevention It is better to take action before harm occurs.
    “I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help.”
  • Proportionality The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
    “I am sure that the professionals will work in my interests, as I see them and they will only get involved as much as needed.”
  • Protection Support and representation for those in greatest need.
    “I get help and support to report abuse and neglect.  I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want.”
  • Partnership Local solutions through services working with their communities.  Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
    “I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary.  I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me.”
  • Accountability Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.
    “I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they.”


These six principles should inform the ways in which professionals and other staff work with adults.  They apply to all sectors and settings including care and support services, further education colleges, commissioning, regulation and provision of health and care services, social work, healthcare, welfare benefits, housing, wider local authority functions and the criminal justice system.

These principles are also used by Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) and organisations to develop and improve local arrangements.

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