The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect, it is the most significant piece of legislation in our sector since the establishment of the welfare state.
It builds on a patchwork of legislation built up since the 1948 National Assistance Act. The Act begins by defining the primary responsibility of local authorities as the promotion of individual wellbeing.
For further information about the Care Act please watch this video.
The Care Act sets out reponsibilities for local authorities have new safeguarding duties. They must:
- Lead a multi-agency local adult safeguarding system that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect and stop it quickly when it happens.
- Make enquiries, or request others to make them, when they think an adult with care and support needs may be at risk of abuse or neglect and they need to find out what action may be needed.
- Establish Safeguarding Adults Boards, including the local authority, NHS and police, which will develop, share and implement a joint safeguarding strategy.
- Carry out Safeguarding Adults Reviews when someone with care and support needs dies as a result of neglect or abuse and there is a concern that the local authority or its partners could have done more to protect them.
- Arange for an independent advocate to represent and support a person who is the subject of a safeguarding enquiry or review, if required.
If you need help
If you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of yourself or another adult then please contact the Initial Assessment Team on 0161 912 2820 during the day, or 0161 912 2020 if it’s an emergency at night or weekend.
If you or another adult is in immediate danger, then call the police on 999.