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Self-neglect: the tension between human rights and duty of care

User AvatarPosted by Kathryn Platten at 23/11/2016 15:11:56
Self-neglect was written into safeguarding procedures for the first time under the Care Act 2014, but has the change helped social workers?

The Care Act's statutory guidance lists self-neglect as a category of abuse or neglect that may prompt a safeguarding enquiry.  Under section 42, councils must make whatever enquiries they think necessary where an adult has care and support needs, is experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect, and is unable to protect themselves because of their needs.

Social workers say the change has led to a spike in self-neglect referrals.  But are services any clearer on how to handle these cases when they arrive?

To read this article in full please visit communitycare.co.uk (external website opens in a new window)

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