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6 Principles Of Adult Safeguarding

The UK Government has established six safeguarding principles that help to protect adults. These principles were originally created for those who are vulnerable and fall under the care of social and health workers – but they now apply to many other sectors too.

At first, the six safeguarding principles were also only produced for the safeguarding of adults but they have since become a standard in the safeguarding of children.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding refers to the act of protecting both adults and children by helping to eliminate the risk of harm from abuse or exploitation. It eliminates or reduces these risks by raising awareness and supporting individuals in making informed decisions.

These principles have been created to aid an understanding of the actions that need to be taken to protect people. The principles fall in line with the Care Act 2014.


Here are the 6 principles of adult safeguarding:

1. Empowerment

When a person feels empowered, they feel more confident and supported in making their own decisions. It also gives them the power to give informed consent.

This principle forms the foundation of giving people choice and control over decisions made.

2. Prevention

Born from the saying “prevention is the best cure”, this principle focuses on taking action before harm occurs. Its aim and primary objective are to prevent neglect, harm or abuse.

Organisations work together to prevent abuse by doing what they can to raise awareness. They also prioritise staff training and work at making information easily accessible. When promoting prevention, organisations focus on adult individuals by encouraging them to ask for help and sharing their voices.

3. Proportionality

This principle entails taking a proportionate and the least intrusive response to any issues presented.

Proportionality also helps to ensure that services take each individual into account when handling abusive situations. They will respect each person and assess any risks presented.

4. Protection

Protection is offered to provide support and represent those who are in the greatest need.

Organisations are responsible for putting measures in place to help protect individuals from abuse whilst also offering help and support to those at risk

5. Partnership

By partnering up with other organisations, local communities can create solutions that are more solid and effective when it comes to preventing and detecting abuse.

These partnerships give communities the opportunity to work together and build a stronger and more widespread cause.


6. Accountability

This principle emphasises the importance of accountability and complete transparency when delivering safeguarding practices.

Accountability is a measure that ensures that safeguarding becomes everyone’s business. This, in turn, helps to ensure that everyone plays their part when it comes to safeguarding vulnerable groups. Everyone is accountable for their actions as individuals, services, and organisations

Ensuring that vulnerable groups are safeguarded is an important role of organisation. If safeguarding failures occur, then organisations can expect serious prosecutions. With this in mind, it is pivotal that these 6 safeguarding principles that we have highlighted are communicated effectively amongst teams to ensure that complete safeguarding is at the forefront of the dealings of both employees and communities.


  1. The Care Act 2014,