Mental Capacity and Consent and Safeguarding

Safeguarding must respect the autonomy and independence of individuals as well as their right to family life. Staff should not act without consultation and the consent from the adult at risk unless the adult does not have the mental capacity or unless to act in the vital interest of others. This may include an emergency situation or in interest of the public to prevent the abuse or neglect of others. The principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 must be followed.