1.1 Explain the current legislative framework that underpins safeguarding of vulnerable adults within own UK home nation

Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit: Understand safeguarding and protection in health and social care settings
Learning outcome: Understand the impact of current legislation for the safeguarding of adults at risk of abuse and neglect
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Explain the current legislative framework that underpins safeguarding of vulnerable adults within own UK home nation

  • Care Act 2014
    • Local Authorities must set up Safeguarding Adult Boards (SABs) and follow up concerns about abuse and neglect
    • Six principles of safeguarding – Empowerment, prevention, proportionality, protection, partnerships, accountability
  • The Health and Social Care Act 2012 – set up CQC to oversee governance and inspection of care services (to safeguard and protect vulnerable individuals from poor care services) and ensure fundamental standards are followed
  • The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 – Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure anyone working with children or vulnerable adults undergoes a background check
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 – protects the rights of individuals that may not have the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards – formerly DoLS, safeguards vulnerable people by providing a robust system for the application to restrict/restrain an individual for their own protection if they require medical treatment and are unable to consent
  • The Sexual Offences Act 2003 – defines what constitures a sexual offence, has sections relating to mental capacity and consent
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 – protects individuals from enslaved and exploited
  • The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 – protects individuals that disclose concerns about harm, abuse and neglect (whistleblowing)

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