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Making Safeguarding Personal

Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) is at the heart of the work of those involved in safeguarding adults and involves an outcome focussed, person centred approach to safeguarding adults. It is at the heart of adult safeguarding under the Care Act (2014). It emphasises personalised outcomes for individuals with care and support needs who may have experienced abuse. Here are some key aspects of the MSP approach:

1. Principles of Making Safeguarding Personal:

    • Focus on Outcomes: Shift the focus from process-driven safeguarding to achieving outcomes that matter to the person.
    • Participation: Encourage active participation of individuals in safeguarding decisions.
    • Qualitative Reporting: Go beyond quantitative measures and report on qualitative outcomes.
    • Person-Centered Approaches: Tailor safeguarding interventions to the individual’s needs and preferences.
    • Risk Management: Adopt person-centered approaches to working with risk.

2. Strategies for Implementation:

    • Broader Participation Strategy: Develop strategies to involve individuals in safeguarding processes.
    • Accessible Information: Provide information that supports participation.
    • Advocacy: Consider advocacy services to empower individuals.
    • Skills Development: Equip practitioners with the necessary skills to work in a person-centered way.
    • Policy Alignment: Ensure policies and procedures align with personalised safeguarding principles.

Remember, MSP aims to create a culture where safeguarding is not just a process but a means to improve people’s lives. For more detailed resources, you can explore the Local Government Association (LGA) resources to support keeping people safe and developing and promoting MSP.

Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board have a short animation on MSP and a quiz to see if you can tell myth from reality when thinking about MSP.

Further details on MSP are also on our resources/themes page.