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Self-neglect is a complex area of work, arising as it does from a large range of causal factors. The Care Act 2014 recognises self-neglect as a potential safeguarding matter among those who are either in receipt of, or in need of care and support, and when their health and wellbeing or that of others is seriously compromised. Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) reports frequently highlight self-neglect signs and symptoms as a factor in or indicators of subsequent serious events that have resulted in life threatening consequences or even death. When seen in isolation, self-neglect behaviours may not give rise to safeguarding intervention. However, when viewed alongside other potential risks, a very different picture often emerges.
To address and coordinate this important area of work across partner agencies, the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board has published this strategy, which proposes intervention at a stage when self-neglect and/or hoarding have given rise to significant concerns that an individual (and/or others) may be at risk of serious harm. It sets out clearly that a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to those at high risk is the most effective way to achieve creative and proportionate interventions that respect the individual’s right to self-determination.
The strategy provides tools to support practitioners, including:
To download the strategy click here.