Vulnerable Adults: Protection

Health written question – answered on 10th March 2009.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to enforce a multi-agency approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults, with particular reference to those who are both deaf and blind.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (Care Services; Minister for the East Midlands), Department of Health

A revision of the key guidance, "No Secrets: Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse", is currently under way. As part of this, a large public consultation took place between 16 October 2008 and 31 January 2009. A copy of the consultation document has been placed in the Library.

The consultation document asked a large number of questions about how we need to change and develop the "No Secrets" guidance, to strengthen and improve existing safeguarding arrangements for all vulnerable adults, including whether new legislation is needed. The review is also considering how to improve prevention of abuse, and how to assist all people including those who are blind or deaf in making decisions about risks and choice in their lives.

The consultation on safeguarding adults has elicited a huge amount of information, from both service users and professionals which is being considered very carefully by Ministers.

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