Making Safeguarding Personal

We are working with ADASS to develop and deliver a support offer to help councils and their partners embed the Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) approach.

What is MSP?

Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) is a sector led initiative which aims to develop an outcomes focus to safeguarding work, and a range of responses to support people to improve or resolve their circumstances.

The work is supported by the LGA with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS) and other national partners and seeks to promote this approach and share good practice.

A series of tools to support MSP, measure effectiveness and improve safeguarding practice are also available.

MSP outcomes framework and final report

ADASS and the LGA appointed the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) to develop an MSP outcomes framework. This will provide a means of promoting and measuring practice that supports an outcomes focus for safeguarding adults work.

Both will be used to drive the next phase of this work during 2018/19. If you would like to get involved in the implementation and development of the next phase of the MSP outcomes framework, please email who is working with ADASS and the LGA on this project.

Support for developing audit questions and methodologies

The Making Safeguarding Personal Outcomes framework report (May 2018) underlines the importance of including qualitative information in developing an understanding the difference that safeguarding support makes for people. The report refers to the significance of case file audit within this.

Some examples of case file audit tools and guidance/methodologies are offered here. These have been shared by local authorities/Safeguarding Adults Boards where they might support others in developing audit methodologies.

The audit tools provide a range of approaches and strengths. They are shared in the spirit of mutual support with each offering support and ideas to those developing or revisiting approaches to audit. Each acknowledges the need to continually review and update the approach/tool as it is used in practice. They do not profess to offer perfection, rather a range of different approaches at varying levels of detail and some more specific to MSP than others.

Resources for Safeguarding Adults Boards

This suite of resources is intended to support Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs) and partners in developing and promoting MSP.

Resources to support Making Safeguarding Personal

Working with risk

This range of resources is aimed at those on working with risk in the context of Making Safeguarding Personal, with a focus on Safeguarding Adults Boards.

Working with risk

Audio-visual resources on safeguarding adults

A range of organisations produced a number of resources to raise awareness of abuse and neglect of adults with care and support needs. Others tackled particular issues such as mate crime or hoarding.

Audio visual resources

Other resources

Other resources to support work on safeguarding adults can be found here: