Making Safeguarding Personal
Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) is a national approach to promote responses to safeguarding situations that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety.
It is about seeing people as experts in their own lives and working alongside them to identify the outcomes they want, with the aim of enabling them to resolve their circumstances and support their recovery.
MSP emphasises the importance of a person-centred approach, adopting the principle of ‘no decision about me, without me’.
A person-led approach acknowledges that people require different levels of support and personalised information to make choices and manage risks, and where necessary access to advocacy support.
There are a range of national resources available to support MSP in practice.
A recommendation from the Adult B SAR was for the SAB to develop guidance in relation to MSP. This Making Safeguarding Personal Guidance also includes information about appropriate resolution mechanisms to respond to situations in which an individual cannot be seen alone and there is a concern that a third party may be preventing this or the adult may be experiencing undue influence or coercion.
The East Sussex SAB has also produced a short video, in which Ben, a member of the Safeguarding Community Network speaks about his experiences of safeguarding and how he overcame abuse.