Statement: Safeguarding vulnerable adults from harm

20 January 2010

Phil Hope, Minister of State at the Department of Health, made a written ministerial statement on the results of a government consultation exercise on safeguarding vulnerable adults

The Government response to the consultation will cover the following:

  • setting up an Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group (IDMG) on Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults which will include Ministers from the Department of Health, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the Attorney-General's Office and Communities and Local Government
  • new legislation to strengthen the local governance of safeguarding by putting Safeguarding Adults Boards on a statutory footing
  • launching a programme of work with representative agencies and stakeholders to support effective policy and practice in safeguarding vulnerable adults

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