Safeguarding adult policy
When implementing this policy we will always consider whether the adult at risk is capable of giving informed consent in relation to the investigation and safeguarding plan. If they are capable, their verbal and ideally their written consent will be sought. Where an adult at risk with capacity has made a decision that they do not want action to be taken and there are no concerns with public interest (others are not placed at risk of harm) then their wishes will be respected The adult at risk will be given information and have the opportunity to consider all the risks and fully understand the likely consequences of that decision over the short and long term. If they still refuse any intervention, their wishes will be respected unless there is a:
- public interest concern and not acting will put other adults or children at risk; or
- duty of care to intervene, for example, a crime has been or may be committed.