Mapping and review of self-neglect policies and procedures from safeguarding adults boards in england

Orr, David (2023) Mapping and review of self-neglect policies and procedures from safeguarding adults boards in england. The Journal of Adult Protection, 25 (2). pp. 51-66. ISSN 1466-8203

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Local Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) policies, procedures, guidance and related documents on self-neglect were gathered and analysed, in order to map what approaches are being taken across England. A key objective was to identify areas of divergence in order to highlight innovations or challenges faced by SABs.

Self-neglect documents were identified by searching SAB websites. Data were extracted into a framework enabling synthesis and comparison between documents.

This article reports on how English SAB documentation defines self-neglect, treats executive capacity, lays out pathways for self-neglect cases, advises on refusal of service input and multi-agency coordination, and draws on theories or tools. Greater coherence in understanding self-neglect has developed since it was brought within safeguarding in 2014; however, variation remains regarding scope, referral pathways and threshold criteria.

This is the first systematic survey of SAB self-neglect policies, procedures and guidance since self-neglect was included under safeguarding.

Research/practical implications
The review provides an overview of how SABs are interpreting national guidance and guiding practitioners. The trends and areas of uncertainty identified offer a resource for informed research and policy-making.

Research limitations
The review was limited to published SAB documentation at one point in time and could not consider either the wider context of safeguarding guidance and training, or implementation in practice.

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Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2023 09:28
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