Safeguarding: Local Government and Vulnerable Adults Essay

1923 Words Jul 16th, 2013 8 Pages
The safeguarding of vulnerable adults is high priority. All citizens and organisations have a role to play in protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, wherever and whenever it occurs.
The approach is to maintain an appropriate balance between the promotion of independence and the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. In the CSSIW Protection of Vulnerable Adults Monitoring Report for 2008 – 2009, there were 4,451 alleged cases of abuse of vulnerable adults, reported across Wales. These figures represented a 5% increase on cases reported in the previous year. With the common victims of alleged abuse being older women, the next largest category of abuse was individuals with learning disabilities.
For many vulnerable adults
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Once barred the restrictions last from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 10 years.
Following the death of Victoria Climbie at London in 2002, where she had been tortured and murdered by her guardians which led to a public inquiry and produced major changes in Child Protection Policies.
The public inquiry headed by Lord Laming, discovered numerous instances where Climbie could have been saved and also that many organisations in Climbie’s case were badly run.
The subsequent report by Laming made numerous recommendations related to child protection.
Climbie’s death was largely responsible for the formation of the Every Child Matters initiative, the introduction of the Children’s Act 2004, the creation of the Contact Point project, a government database designed to hold information on all children, and the creation of the office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.
Changes to working practices were made following the findings in the, Vanessa George case. Where, children suffered sexual abuse at the Little Teds Nursery in Plymouth.
Jim Gould, the chairman of the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board, called for the government to introduce legislation to ‘strengthen accountability frameworks for nurseries’.
A review of the George case found poor regulation, inadequate training, and a lack of supervision at the nursery.
Members of the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board, which carried out the review, strongly criticized the regulator Ofsted for not picking

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