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A national survey of adult safeguarding in NHS mental health services in England and Wales

Fanneran, Tina Brigid, Kingston, Paul and Bradley, Eleanor (2013) A national survey of adult safeguarding in NHS mental health services in England and Wales. Journal of Mental Health, 22 (5). pp. 402-411. ISSN 0963-8237

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Background: Following the introduction of the No Secrets (Department of Helath, (2000). No Secrets:
Guidance on Developing and Implementing Multi-agency Policies and Procedures to Protect Vulnerable
Adults from Abuse. London: HMSO) guidance, the implementation and development of adult safeguarding
practices and procedures across national services has become an ongoing endeavour.
Despite existing research highlighting practice improvements in many services, NHS mental health services
are persistently criticised for their lack of engagement with the national adult safeguarding agenda
(Department of Health (2009). Safeguarding Adults: Report on the Consultation on the Review of ‘No
Secrets’. London: HMSO).
Aim: To investigate the organisational structure, implementation and development of adult safeguarding
in NHS mental health services.
Method: A cross-sectional survey was distributed on-line to 79 (72 NHS Mental Health Trusts in
England and seven Health Boards in Wales) NHS mental health services.
Results: Thirty-three completed surveys were returned, yielding a response rate of 41%. The results highlight
adequate arrangements for adult safeguarding in manyservices; however, it appears implementation
is in its initial stages.Responses suggest that staff attitudes and uptake of training are the greatest barrier to
practice; however, barriers are also indicated at a strategic and operational level.
Conclusion: The importance of adult safeguarding must be recognised at all levels and there is an immediate
need for improvement to staff training and engagement to ensure future effective practice in this area.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Jade ELLIOTT
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 10:11
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 10:11

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