Following recent legislation Calderdale is looking at how we can ensure that we improve the way in which we safeguard vulnerable adults.
A vulnerable adult is described as someone aged 18 or over ‘who is, or may be, in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.’
Using this definition any adult could find themselves in a vulnerable position. NHS Calderdale would like to know what residents feel they should focus on to safeguard anyone in this position.
Over 48% of respondents feel we should be doing more to safeguard vulnerable adults, 7% feel we should not do more and 45% chose the ‘Don’t know’ option.
We then asked if they agreed with a number of statements shown in the table below:
|Do you agree with the following statements?|
|Calderdale already seems to have good systems in place to safeguard adults||21%||12%||67%|
|Staff require more training on safeguarding||30%||6%||64%|
|More systems are needed to report suspected abuse||42%||6%||52%|
|We should involve people more to understand what safeguarding means to them||61%||3%||36%|
|The public should be made more aware of how to report suspected abuse||77%||3%||20%|
|Information should be shared between services to help safeguard a vulnerable adult even if the information is confidential||78%||3%||19%|
|It would be helpful to provide more information on how information is shared and under what circumstances||70%||5%||25%|
We then asked which 3 things from a given list would be most important to panel members if they were a vulnerable adult. The three most chosen items were:
- Feeling safe in the environment
- Getting help quickly
- Maintaining your dignity.
Below are some responses for what ‘feeling safe’ means to panel members:
- ‘being safe in my own home’
- ‘being protected’
- ‘not being exploited, bullied or abused’
- ‘being able to walk alone safely’
- ‘less stress, a better life’.