Understanding what we can do to Make Safeguarding Personal

Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Members of CLASP (a service user group and self-advocacy charity for people with learning disabilities) have created a short film to help us understand what we can do to help make safeguarding personal

Making Safeguarding Personal puts people more in control of their lives and makes sure they are involved in decisions and choices that help keep them safe. We all need to talk about abuse and neglect openly, so everyone knows their rights and local communities know what to do when they spot signs of abuse.

In the film, CLASP members explain what Making Safeguarding Personal means and the practical things we should do to make it happen, including:

  • Understanding and being sympathetic to their feelings.
  • Giving them the opportunity to talk things through face to face – preferably with someone they know and trust.
  • Explaining things in a way they can understand.
  • Listening to and respecting their opinions and choices.
  • Explaining their options and asking who they want to involve in the situation.
  • Helping them understand why it is a safeguarding concern and ensuring that what happens next includes what they think.
  • Telling them when their case is closed,
  • And making sure they have the right support to move on.

Watch the video here

Members of CLASP say “We want to inspire more professionals to work with user led groups and people to deliver important messages around safeguarding. We are not just vulnerable people who could end up being victims of abuse; we can help raise awareness of it and prevent it from happening.”

CLASP stands for Caring, Listening and Supporting Partnership – their aim is to help people with learning disabilities speak up and lead independent lives.

The video was produced by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust Webteam

For more information about adult safeguarding see the Safeguarding Adults Board