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Self-Neglect: Learning from Life

AUTHOR : By Shona Britten and Karen Whitby

ISBN : 9781913453572

Edition No : 1

Publication : 15 Feb 2021

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781913453596

Edition No : 1

Publication : 15 Feb 2021

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781913453589

Edition No : 1

Publication : 15 Feb 2021

Extent : 144 pgs

ISBN : 9781913453602

Edition No : 1

Publication : 15 Feb 2021

Extent : 144 pgs


A practice-based perspective on working with people who self-neglect. This book explores the issues and situations which can arise and helps practitioners to adopt a strengths-based “Learning from Life” approach in the translation of MSP principles to practical implementation.


Self-neglect: Learning from Life supports frontline practitioners and the agencies they operate within to make Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) an everyday reality. Issues and practice-based situations which arise in the daily application of MSP to casework in safeguarding adults are examined through two case scenarios, which are used to demonstrate lifespan and experience issues in the adoption of MSP as person-centred and person-led practice with people who self-neglect. The statutory principles of Empowerment, Prevention, Proportionality, Protection, Partnership, and Accountability are translated into practical language and their meaning and implications are unpacked through the case scenarios.


This journey from principles to practical implementation uses a suite of clear and concise practice focused resources which adopt a person-centred, relationship-based approach to all conversations, interventions and aspects of practice.  The resources included a range from SnapShots on… a selection of relevant topic areas in work with adults at risk through their safeguarding journey, to practice-based tools for practitioners to use in the quality monitoring of their own casework, as well as “Taking it Further” referencing and suggested sources of more information.


This invaluable book fills a gap that currently exists in the practical application of the statutory MSP principles as part of a “life-span approach” to work with people who self-neglect. It minimises the risks associated with “siloed” approaches to ensure the person is held at the centre of all interventions.


1. The origins of Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP): from principles to practice

2.Adopting a Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) Approach in Practice

3. Risks and Strengths Assessment

4. Safeguarding Adults Protection Planning

5. Safeguarding Adults Risk Management

6. Practitioner Case Work: Critical Review and Evaluation Tools


Shona Britten began her career in social work with a charity supporting the carers of young adults with learning disabilities. As a qualified Social Worker Shona has worked with adults at risk, in both statutory and independent sector settings; holding a range of posts including multi-disciplinary team and area operational management; service planning and development in the areas of social inclusion and community development; and as a regional director.  Shona is registered with Social Work England and is currently a Professional Lead for Social Work within the NHS.

Karen Whitby is a qualified and Social Work England registered Social Worker, she has worked within the arena of health and social care for over 25 years. Karen’s career in social work has involved managing Learning Disability, Carers and Safeguarding Adults services. She currently works as a Lead Professional for Safeguarding Adults within the NHS.

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