Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) is a national approach to promote responses to safeguarding situations in a way 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.
The Care Act 2014 guidance requires adult safeguarding practice to:
Be person led
Be outcome focused
Enhance involvement, choice and control
Improve quality of life, wellbeing and safety
Aim towards resolution or recovery
The key focus is to develop a real understanding of what the person wishes to achieve, recording their desired outcomes and seeing how well these have been met.
What are the aims?
MSP is intended to make safeguarding person-centred, develop more meaningful engagement of adults involved in safeguarding processes and improve their outcomes. It encourages those working with adults involved in safeguarding processes to spend time with them, asking them what outcomes they want to achieve at the beginning and throughout the process.
MSP requires the person to be at the centre of an enquiry. They should be consulted about what they want to happen and to have their views taken into consideration.
MSP ensures safeguarding is ‘done with’ not ‘done to’ adults involved in the process and utilises professional skills, rather than ‘putting people through a process’.