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P1. 1.3. EXPLAIN THE LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK THE SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS
The Care Act 2014 which came into force on the 1 April 2015 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
Under the new Care Act 2014 the safeguarding duties apply to any adult who requires care and support and is at risk of abuse, neglect and are unable to protect themselves.
Local authorities have new safeguarding duties. They must:
lead a multi-agency local adult safeguarding system that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect and stop it quickly when it happens
make enquiries, or request others to make them, when they think an adult with care and support needs may be at risk of abuse or neglect and they need to find out what action may be needed
establish Safeguarding Adults Boards, including the local authority, NHS and police, which will develop, share and implement a joint safeguarding strategy
carry out Safeguarding Adults Reviews when someone with care and support needs dies as a result of neglect or abuse and there is a concern that the local authority or its partners could have done more to protect them
arrange for an independent advocate to represent and support a person who is the subject of a safeguarding enquiry or review, if required.
Any organisation or person must provide information to Safeguarding Adults Boards as requested.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a framework for decision making for adults who lack capacity. It also sets out how decisions should be made on their behalf. The act covers all sorts of decisions, from life-changing events to everyday matters
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 provides a legal framework for re-employment vetting
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 outlines a number of offences where a persons’ choices abut sexual actiivity may be affected by their mental disorder
The Care Act: safeguarding adults
The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
Local authorities have new safeguarding duties. They must: