P_SG_02 Safeguarding Adults
All persons have the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse. This right is underlined by the duty on public agencies under the Human Rights Act 1998 to intervene proportionately to protect the right of citizens. These rights include Article 2: the right to family life; Article 3: Freedom from torture, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment; Article 5: Right to liberty and security and Article 8: right to a family life. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has a legal/statutory obligation to ensure that members of the public that utilise the services of LCHS are safe from harm and abuse. LCHS is committed to working in partnership with the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board to protect adults at risk from abuse and have in place systems and processes to support the Lincolnshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy. (LCC 2013) All staff should have online access to Lincolnshire Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults Living a life that is free from harm and abuse is a fundamental right of every person. We all need to act as good neighbours and citizens in looking out for one another and seeking to prevent the circumstances which can easily lead to abusive situations and put adults at risk of harm. When abuse does take place, it needs to be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways which are proportionate to the issues and where the adult in need of protection stays as much in control of the decision making as possible. The right of the individual to be involved and heard throughout this process is a critical element in the drive towards more personalised care and support. All staff, in whatever setting, have a key role in preventing harm or abuse occurring and taking action where concerns arise.