Safeguarding Safeguarding is protecting vulnerable adults or children from abuse or neglect

Safeguarding
Safeguarding is protecting vulnerable adults or children from abuse or neglect. It means making sure people are supported to get good access to health care. It also means making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is supported and their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs are respected when agreeing on any action.

Vulnerable
A vulnerable adult is defined as an individual aged 18 or over who depends on other for assistance with respect to the performance of basic function.

The main difference between the two concepts is that is that protection implies decisions are made by care professionals rather than allowing individuals to safeguarding them self and make choices as to the risks they take.