Michelle Cornes In progress
The Care Act 2014 for the first time told councils what to do to help people keep safe from abuse or neglect. Workers from different agencies can disagree about what is the best way to help someone, and this can sometimes lead to poor care where the person is harmed or dies. Safeguarding Adults Boards (SAB) are expected to look into this and try to find out what went wrong through a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR).
Little is known about what constitutes ‘positive practice’ and the services and support that are needed to address this problem. Concerns have been raised by government about the adequacy of safeguarding, and why there have been so few Safeguarding Adult Reviews into the deaths of homeless people. There are also concerns that learning from these Reviews is not being implemented.
The overall aim of this study is to explore how self-neglect is experienced by people who are homeless, and how this can be addressed though strengthening local adult safeguarding responses.
This study involves:
This study will try out a special approach called a ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) which may help Adult Safeguarding Boards to make changes that are needed to help people who are homeless be safe. The researchers will feed back the practice learning from workers and people with lived experience and will work with the CoPs to co-produce guidance.