Although some of the actions listed below cannot practically be implemented with immediate effect (e.g. criminal prosecution) many of the actions form part of any immediate, interim or ongoing protection plan.
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- Actions to protect a person should firstly consider making changes to the behaviour of the person causing the abuse or neglect. Changes to the daily life of the person at risk should be kept to a minimum unless there are no other options or unless they themselves see such changes as the best option
- Any actions taken to protect a person that involves a change to the level of services they will receive or where they live must be carried out with that person’s consent
- Where the person does not have mental capacity to consent to these actions someone should decide in their best interests. The APRAC is able to commission an IMCA to make any decisions to protect a person from abuse whether or not the family or friends of that person are actively involved with them
- Where changes are made to the services of an alleged perpetrator who does not have mental capacity to consent to action being taken to prevent them posing a risk to others someone should decide in their best interests. The APRAC is able to commission an IMCA to make any decisions to prevent a person causing a risk of abuse to other vulnerable adults - whether or not the family or friends of that person are actively involved with them
- Any actions taken as part of the protection plan must be proportionate to the risk of abuse or neglect
- If any person does not have mental capacity and may be affected by the Deprivation of Liberty guidance as part of the protection plan then the process for making a DoL application must be followed.