1. Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy

2. Empowerment, prevention and achieving the adult's desired outcomes

  • 2.2
    Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP)

    - Case Study 1
    - What a Making Safeguarding Personal approach should include
    - Case Study 2

  • 2.3
    Promoting well-being

    - Definition of well-being
    - Key principles and standards of promoting well-being

  • 2.6
    Why and where does abuse occur?

    - Who abuses?
    - Identifying signs of abuse and neglect
    - Case study 4
    - Case study 5

  • 2.7
    Related issues

    - Domestic abuse, stalking, 'honour'-based violence (DASH) risk indicator tool
    - Referrals to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
    - Interface between the safeguarding adults procedure and the MARAC
    - Hate crime or incidents
    - Mate crime
    - 'Honour'-based violence
    - Forced marriage
    - Prevent
    - Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
    - Abuse by children
    - Child protection
    - Young people moving into adulthood and care leavers (transition)

  • 2.8
    Raising a safeguarding concern

    - Raising a safeguarding concern
    - Responsibilities of paid and unpaid staff
    - Information for adults and others regarding circumstances when information or safeguarding concerns will need to be shared with the local authority and others
    - Responsibilities of organisations working with adults
    - Consent and involvement of the adult in raising a safeguarding concern
    - What are care and support needs?
    - Is an adult able to protect him/herself from abuse?
    - Factors that may indicate an adult is more or less able to protect him/herself from abuse, neglect or exploitation (table)
    - Responsibilities of paid or unpaid staff working with adults when a safeguarding concern is identified
    - Where someone working with an adult is thought to be the cause of risk
    - Incident management processes in care and support services and when safeguarding concerns should also be raised
    - When a safeguarding concern should always be raised
    - Situations where sharing information with the local authority or other agencies should be routinely considered
    - The role of incident management procedures in care and support services
    - Examples of when a safeguarding concern should be raised and information shared with the local authority
    - General considerations when raising a safeguarding concern
    - What will be required of you
    - What happens next?

3. Procedures for responding to individual safeguarding concerns

  • 3.1
    How responses to safeguarding concerns are managed

    - Responding to individual safeguarding concerns (enquiries under Section 42 of the Care Act)
    - Role of the Enquiry Manager
    - What happens when the local authority becomes aware of a safeguarding concern?

  • 3.2
    What is an enquiry?

    - When should an enquiry take place?
    - The purpose of an enquiry
    - Objectives of an enquiry
    - Who can carry out an enquiry?
    - Timescales set by the local authority for responding to safeguarding concerns
    - Deciding who should contact the adult on receipt of a safeguarding concern
    - Contacting the adult
    - Timescales for undertaking and concluding enquiries

  • 3.3
    Initial enquiry

    - When a conversation with the adult confirms cause for concern
    - Causing enquiries to be made by other agencies or organisations
    - Responsibilities of agencies or organisations asked to make enquiries
    - Deciding what an enquiry should involve
    - Decisions regarding the most appropriate response to a safeguarding concern (how an enquiry should be undertaken)
    - Diagram 1a - Information gathering and responses
    - Conversation with the adult
    - Obtaining the adult's consent to undertake an enquiry
    - Case study 6
    - Balancing the wishes of the adult and risks
    - Where the adult does not want to pursue an enquiry and does not want the person or service thought to be the cause of risk contacted
    - Where the person or service thought to be the cause of risk is an adult at risk of abuse or neglect themselves
    - Does the adult require and independent advocate?
    - Duty to arrange an independent advocate
    - Conversations with the adult as part of an enquiry
    - Considerations in relation to safeguarding plans
    - Records or notes of conversations and safeguarding meetings
    - Responsibilities of organisations or practitioners involved in an enquiry
    - Concluding an enquiry
    - Where the adult remains at risk of abuse or neglect through their own choice
    - Where further enquiries are needed
    - Causing enquiries to be made by other agencies or organisations
    - Responsibilities of agencies or organisations asked to make enquiries
    - When enquiries are completed
    - Diagram 2 - The process when the local authority requests another organisation to undertake a Section 42 enquiry (flow chart)
    - What happens when actions have been completed?

  • 3.4
    Checklist for completed enquiries

    - The local authority's duty to determine any further action
    - The adult's right to make choices
    - Where the adult declines assistance
    - Assessments of need running parallel to enquiries
    - Tape recordings of safeguarding meetings
    - Legal representation
    - Discussions or meetings with a co-ordinating function not related to decisions about the adult
    - Where the person thought to be the cause of risk is an adult with care and support needs
    - Involving people thought to be the cause of risk in the enquiry process

  • 3.5
    Responding to concerns

    - Carers and safeguarding
    - Case study 7
    - Responses to concerns relating to the quality of care and support services
    - Principles to ensure robust co-ordination of responses relating to quality and safeguarding individuals
    - Responsibilities in relation to the quality of care and support services
    - Who is responsible for co-ordinating and leading responses regarding quality-related concerns?
    - Who will lead and co-ordinate responses relating to different care and support services?
    - Where an adult employs personal assistants or other staff
    - Where it is unclear which agency's commssioners would have responsibility
    - When an employee is removed or dismissed
    - Where it may not be appropriate for the employer to undertake an enquiry
    - Involvement of partners in responding to safeguarding concerns relating to care and support services
    - Employers' responsibilities
    - Referring employees to professional bodies or the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
    - Allegations against People in Positions of Trust
    - Local authority's responsibilities
    - Criminal offences and safeguarding adults
    - Case study 8
    - Ensuring adults have fair access to legal remedies through criminal proceedings
    - Ensuring the interests and wishes of the adult are considered throughout police investigations
    - Case study 9
    - Case study 10

4. Information sharing and decision making

  • 4.1

    - Record keeping
    - Potential patterns of concerns
    - Sharing appropriate information
    - Requests for information made by the Safeguarding Adults Board
    - If an adult refuses consent to share information
    - Decisions about who needs to know information
    - Information for staff, people who use care and support, carers and the general public

  • 4.2
    Information sharing – part of the response

    - Information gathering as part of an initial enquiry

5. Appendices

  • 5.1
    Appendix 1 – Legislation and guidance

    - The Care Act 2014
    - Gaining access to adults at risk
    - Legal powers to intervene
    - Safeguarding adults and human rights
    - Disclosure and barring
    - Health and Social Care Act 2008
    - Mental capacity and deprivation of liberty
    - Advanced decisions and living wills
    - The Mental Health Act 2007
    - The role of the criminal justice system
    - Criminal offences and adult safeguarding
    - Special measures
    - Cases involving the coroner
    - Partnership working between adults and children's services
    - Safeguarding duties under the Care Act
    - Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) responsibilities with other organisations
    - Safeguarding adults policies and procedures
    - Local safeguarding adults procedures that all partner agencies and organisations must have in place
    - Ill treatment and wilful neglect
    - Abuse by an attorney or deputy
    - An adult's legal right to make their own decisions

  • 5.2
    Appendix 2 – Roles and responsibilities, Safeguarding Adults Board functions and Safeguarding Adults Reviews

    - Roles and responsibilities
    - Case study 11
    - Line managers' supervision
    - Corporate/cross authority roles
    - Chief Officers and Chief Executives
    - Local authority members and local police and crime commissioners
    - Commissioners
    - Providers of services
    - Voluntary organisations
    - Regulated professionals
    - Recruitment and training for staff and volunteers
    - Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) functions
    - SAB requests for information
    - SAB strategic plans
    - SAB annual reports
    - Safeguarding adults reviews (SARs)

  • 5.4
    Appendix 4 – Safeguarding information leaflet for the public

    - What to do if you or someone you know may be being abused or neglected

  • 5.6
    Appendix 6 – Flowcharts

    - Diagram 1a - Information gathering and responses
    - Diagram 1b - Deciding what a further enquiry shiould involve
    - Decision to approach
    - Raising a safeguarding concern
    - Quality and safeguarding
    - How Safeguarding Adults Boards can work in partnership with other bodies

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