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Terminology

Advocacy scheme

This refers only to schemes and organisations that are specifically funded to provide an independent advocacy service. This does not include information and advice services or Citizen Advice Bureaus. In this context the meaning of advocacy may be derived from interpretation of section 36 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Capacity

Unless there is evidence to the contrary all adults should be deemed to have capacity and all actions taken should be in accordance with the five key principles contained within the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In assessing someone’s capacity to make decisions in relation to protective measures due regard should be paid to section 2 and schedule 3 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and any such decisions should be made on a multi agency basis.

Out of authority placement

Allegations of abuse concerning a vulnerable adult placed by one local authority in differing authority should be reflected in the statistics of both authorities involved in the process (host authority and placing authority).  It will be agreed among the authorities who will lead on the safeguarding enquiry

Residential/nursing home

Where a vulnerable adult referred to in a specific allegation of abuse resides in a residential home that offers nursing care the recording system should identify whether or not they are receiving nursing care. If they are receiving nursing care within the nursing home at the time of the referral, then the place of residence or location of abuse should be defined as a nursing home. If not then it should be defined as a residential home

Volunteers/befrienders

This only includes people who volunteer for a specific organisation and service and are recognised by that service as a volunteer. Befrienders must be recognised by a particular service or organisation as providing a befriending service.