Adult safeguarding consultation

The Department of Health is consulting on a new adult safeguarding power. The aim is to ensure there is a clear legal and policy framework, enabling the most effective local arrangements and practices to protect adults at risk of abuse and neglect.

The approach to the new safeguarding interventions is based on the Law Commission’s recommendation that new legislation “should not include any new compulsory or emergency powers unless Government decides that such powers are needed” (Recommendation 41, page 122,  Adult Social Care: Law Commission No 326).

Through this consultation the Department of Health is seeking evidence from your experience as to whether this would be an effective, proportionate and appropriate way to support the duty to make enquires proposed in the draft Care and Support Bill.

The consultation will run from 11 July until 12 October 2012. Please submit your comments by email to or by post to: Quality and Safety Team, Department of Health, 124 Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UG.

Download: Consultation on New Safeguarding Power (PDF, 73K)