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 is also available:

Making safeguarding personal case studies

These case studies illustrate outcome focused practice in safeguarding adults in line with the MSP approach. They are from nine council areas who put forward case studies, with local areas welcome to put forward further case studies.
MSP case studies October 2019

Making Safeguarding Personal for commissioners and providers of health and social care

This briefing published in October 2019 is designed support health and social care commissioners and providers to make positive differences by engaging with those who use services. Presentations are available from the national workshops which focused on what enables good practice to be developed and sustained.
MSP for commissioners and providers of health and social care

MSP outcomes framework

The Making Safeguarding Personal Outcomes framework (May 2018) is designed to help inform practitioners, teams, councils, Safeguarding Adult Boards (SABs), their partners, and service users, of the extent to which they are making a difference to the safety of people who are at risk of, or who have suffered, abuse or neglect in their area. The Making Safeguarding Personal outcomes project final report outlines a report on a pilot project. The next phase will focus on rolling out the framework and on extending participation. Find out how to get involved in the current round of data collection and the benefits of doing so.

Case file audit

The MSP framework underlines the importance of including qualitative information in developing an understanding the difference that safeguarding support makes for people. It also refers to the significance of case file audit within this. Some local examples of case file audit tools and guidance/methodologies are offered here:
Support for developing audit questions and methodologies

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

Myths and realities of MSP

The briefing, published in November 2019, stresses that MSp is not just about safeguarding practice but also about prevention, and strategic as well as operational safeguarding.
Myths and realities about Making Safeguarding Personal

Making Safeguarding Personal development

MSP activity from 2012/13 includes the 'temperature check', an assessment of MSP in local areas in 2015-17, alongside recommendations on embedding MSP, with many examples of good practice, MSP development in 2012-2017.

Other resources

Making decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries

The purpose of the framework developed on behalf of ADASS and LGA is to offer support in making decisions about whether or not a reported safeguarding adults concern requires a statutory enquiry under the Section 42 (S42) duty of the Care Act, 2014. It aims to support practice, recording and reporting in order to positively impact on outcomes for people and accountability for those outcomes. Five appendices support the report. Related cross sector work will follow which considers the circumstances that constitute a safeguarding enquiry.

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

'Must knows' for lead members for adult social care

The 'Must knows' are a long-standing source of information and support focusing on key issues facing portfolio holders. This must know looks at the role of local leaders in keeping people safe and promoting MSP.
How do you know your council is being effective in keeping people safe?

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

  • Safeguarding list of resources: a consolidated list of key safeguarding resources for council, care provider and wider partners' staff
  • MCA including DoLs: a list of key resources for councils and their partners on implementing the Mental Capacity Act including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Top tips: financial abuse and scams: a resource for local leaders on recognising and responding to the signs of financial abuse

Adult Safeguarding Community of Practicemore information and resources can be found on this Knowledge Hub group.