Safeguarding is all the preventative measures that we take to stop somebody being abused. It is everybody’s responsibility. Protection, on the other hand, is a statutory responsibility (resting with social services) to stop or limit abuse once it’s already taken place.
Safeguarding vulnerable people from abuse should be at the heart of all housing, support and care services. Regulations and quality standards govern what we do in this area, while we should also make sure that clients understand abuse and know how to raise the alarm.
The Quality Assessment Framework (QAF) and Care Quality Commission are both clear that support and care organisations need to safeguard vulnerable people.
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