Safeguarding Adults: Everyone's Responsibility

Safeguarding: How to Recognise and Report Unsafe Practices

There are several unsafe practices that may affect the well-being of an individual. Examples include not documenting incidents or medical concerns, lack of good hand washing technique, not following health & safety guidelines, living in unsanitary conditions, poor diet and not having risk assessments in place but their are many, many more.


I ensure that all policies, procedures and good practices are followed to ensure the well-being of my clients. If I identify an unsafe practice, the first thing I do is make sure that my clients are safe from harm. I would then speak to my manager and offer suggestions about how the practice could be changed to make it safe. If I don’t feel comfortable approaching my manager (for example, if my manager is involved in the unsafe practice) or I do not feel that it has been dealt with correctly, I would address senior management with my concerns. If it is more serious, or still not dealt with to my satisfaction, I would whistle-blow and go straight to the local authority, CQC or the Police.


A good example is when I witnessed a member of staff encouraging a client to hug her on multiple occasions. Although I was fairly certain there was nothing sinister in her motives and there was no abuse, I felt it was unprofessional and crossed the staff-client boundary. I spoke about my concerns to my manager (with another manager present to act as witness) and was thanked for bringing it to their attention and assured they would speak with the member of staff concerned to stop it happening again. Had this not been dealt with properly by management, I would have been forced to report my concerns to CQC or local social services.