Consultation outcome

Consultation on a new adult safeguarding power

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Government Response to the Safeguarding Power of Entry Consultation

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Power of Entry Consultation Responses

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Response to the Department of Health Consultation on New Safeguarding Power

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Response of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to the Government's Consultation on a New Safeguarding Power

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Mencap Response to DH Consultation on a New Adult Safeguarding Power

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Detail of outcome

This update has been released in response to the Government’s consultation on safeguarding Power of Entry between 11 July 2012 and 12 October 2012. It provides key findings and analysis on the responses received and the conclusion to the consultation.

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Summary

The Department of Health is consulting on a new adult safeguarding power.

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Consultation description

Our aim for adult safeguarding 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.

We have based our approach to new safeguarding interventions with reference to 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).

We do not want to intervene in people’s lives unnecessarily. However, we are aware of the strong feeling from some that a specific power of entry in the circumstances set out in this consultation could give an opportunity to offer timely information and advice, and ensure that people who are unable or unwilling to ask for help can have their voices heard.

Through this consultation we are 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.