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Safeguarding adults – who is at risk?

Peter Ellis - Independent Nursing, Health and Social Care Consultant, Writer and Educator First published: Last updated:

Previously when talking about safeguarding adults, people used to be termed as being vulnerable, they are now described as being at risk (HM Government, 2014) because this does not suggest, like vulnerability, that they might be in some way to blame.

Some of the risk of abuse people in care face comes from the ways in which care is organised, the way they are viewed and labelled in society and because of the processes of care which take place in health and social care settings.  This suggests some people are at risk of abuse not because of something intrinsic to them, but rather than vulnerability arises from the ways in which care is organised and delivered.  It is important to recognise this for nurses, and nurse leaders, as it also suggests that some of the risk some people face in the care setting might be mitigated by changing the

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