The Care Act 2014
The Care Act 2014 sets out five aims of cooperation between partners and describes the general duty of cooperation between the Local Authority and other organisations providing care and support. This includes NHS Lewisham CCG. The Act has a strong focus on well being and outcomes to safeguard adults. Under this Act, adult safeguarding means protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is aimed at people with care and support needs who may be in vulnerable circumstances and at risk of abuse or neglect. Abuse can be undertaken by anybody - strangers, neighbours, friends,family, loved ones, social care staff, health care staff, informal carers, users of services and paid for carers.
The five principles of the Care Act 2014
- Promoting the wellbeing of adults needing care and support and of carers
- Improving the quality of care and support for adults and support for carers
- Smoothing the transition from children's to adult services
- Protecting adults with care and support needs who are currently experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect
- Identifying lessons to be learnt from cases where adults with needs for care and support have experienced serious abuse or neglect
- Safeguarding duties have a legal effect on all organisations including NHS Lewisham CCG.
The Local Authority retains responsibility to lead and coordinate organisations in safeguarding and must promote well being when carrying out care and support functions in respect of a person. They will lead a S42 enquiry in order to investigate and understand that a vulnerable adult is safeguarded. We attend the Multi Agency Safeguarding Case Conference (MASCC) to support this process.