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Social work and safeguarding adults

Lyn Romeo (Office of the Chief Social Worker, Department of Health, London, United Kingdom.)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 8 June 2015




The purpose of this paper is to comment on social work and safeguarding adults, current challenges and expectations. In particular, as the Chief Social Worker for Adults, to acknowledge the positive impact of the “Making Safeguarding Personal” (MSP) programme.


The paper discusses the specific contribution of social workers to safeguarding adults.


The author identifies the connection between the core knowledge and skills requirements for social workers to the MSP approach to practice.

Research limitations/implications

The author comments on how MSP projects have contributed to develop the evidence base for social work in adult social care.

Practical implications

The paper summarises expectations for of social workers in adult safeguarding work.

Social implications

A person-centred, outcome-based approach to safeguarding adults can benefit people who have are at risk of or experience harm or abuse.


Views of the Chief Social Worker for Adults.



Romeo, L. (2015), "Social work and safeguarding adults", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 205-207.



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