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By Debbie le Quesne

Safeguarding high on the agenda as associations meet

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The misuse of safeguarding procedures was again high on the agenda when representatives from 24 local associations met in London.

The meeting at the Skills for Care offices seized the opportunity to establish a monitoring ‘tool’ to assess what is happening with safeguarding in various regions and what, if any, the shortcomings are.

It’s a positive approach to a problem that is not going away. Too often, safeguarding is being used as a mechanism to overcome inertia on decision-making and as a complaints procedure.

Eight safeguarding boards will be scrutinised and if specific areas are deemed critical, a national approach will be made to address them.

The national lead for safeguarding has been contacted and made aware of our on-going investigations.

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