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Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP)

Making Safeguarding Personal means safeguarding adults should be person-led and outcome-focused. It engages the person in a conversation about how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety.

Making Safeguarding Personal is an approach brought into the Care and Support Statutory Guidance in addition to the six underpinning principles, that recognises that safeguarding is about the individual:

'We all have different preferences, histories, circumstances and lifestyles.'

Making Safeguarding Personal toolkit

The Local Government Association has produced a Making Safeguarding Personal toolkit, handbook and guides with a range of helpful tools and practice-based case examples.

Local Government Association Making Safeguarding Personal Toolkit

Questions that would put the adult and their views and wishes at the centre of the discussion could include:

  • 'Do you feel safe?'
  • 'What does being safe mean to you?'
  • 'What will help you to feel safer?'
  • 'What would you like to happen next?'
  • 'How can we best make that happen?'

Making Safeguarding Personal is an approach to safeguarding for everyone, regardless of mental capacity or anything else. We can use advocates, and we can ask people who know the person what they might have wanted or preferred, and get an idea of what outcomes they would have wanted.

The six key principles underpin safeguarding adults work

The Care and Support Statutory Guidance sets out the six principles for safeguarding:

  • Empowerment: people being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent
  • Prevention: it is better to take action before harm occurs
  • Proportionality: the least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  • Protection: support and representation for those in greatest need
  • Partnership: local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
  • Accountability: accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.

'I' statements have been developed for each of the six principles, MSP - What might 'good' look like for advocacy.

MSP bulletins

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