19 January 2010
The government has announced that following its consultation on strengthening protection for vulnerable adults new legislation will be introduced to enshrine in law the need for every local area to have in place a Safeguarding Adults Board. This body will be made up of the local social services authority, the police, the NHS and will work with other groups involved in protecting vulnerable adults. There will also be a new cross Governmental Ministerial group which will oversee the safeguarding of vulnerable adults, set priorities, work up new policy and provide national leadership.
Lawyers in the human rights department at Leigh Day welcome this announcement. Partner Alison Millar said that any increased protection for vulnerable adults was to be welcomed.
“In our experience vulnerable adults are much more likely than the able bodied to be the victims of crime. We have seen too many cases where vulnerable adults have been abused or exploited and the statutory agencies have failed to act promptly to protect them, or to act in a coordinated way. We hope that this will be the first of a number of proposals to ensure that this vulnerable group gets the priority and resources that it needs to take a full part in society.”
For more information please contact the human rights department at Leigh Day & Co on 020 7650 1200.
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