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.

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 ‘concern.’

Safeguarding Adults enquiries

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

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

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