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.1 Policy

Having policies and procedures to safeguard adults is a legal requirement under the Care Act 2014. The policy and procedures will ensure a proportionate, timely and professional approach is taken, and that safeguarding work is co-ordinated across all relevant agencies and organisations. 

.2 Key principles informing this policy

All safeguarding work with adults should be based on the following principles: The empowerment of adults underpins all safeguarding adults work. The focus of safeguarding adults should always be to identify and endeavour to meet the desired outcomes of the adult. Every person has a right t

1.1 What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. The aims of safeguarding adults  The aims of safeguarding adults are to: Stop abuse or neglect wherever possible. Prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and s

1.2 Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP)

What is Making Safeguarding Personal? Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) is the approach now taken to all safeguarding work.  The key principle of MSP is to support and empower each adult to make choices and have control about how they want to live their own life.  It is a shift in cultu

1.3 Promoting well-being

Promoting well-being  The core purpose of adult care and support is to help people to achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their life.  All organisations must promote well-being when carrying out any of their care and support functions.  This may sometimes be referred to as ‘th

1.4 Preventing abuse

Preventing abuse and neglect  The provisions of the Care Act are intended to promote and secure wellbeing. Under the definition of wellbeing (see Chapter 1, Para 1.5), it is made clear that protection from abuse and neglect is a fundamental part of that. Identification and management of r

1.5 What constitutes abuse and neglect

This section considers the different types and patterns of abuse and neglect and the different circumstances in which they may take place. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but an illustrative guide as to the sort of behaviour which could give rise to a safeguarding concern. Th

1.6 Why and where does abuse occur?

Abuse can occur for a number of reasons that may be inter-related and complex.  The following factors could indicate that an adult may be at risk of abuse, due to their situation or circumstances.   The individual Poor communication or communication difficulties. History of falls and / o

1.7 Related issues

Domestic abuse, stalking, ‘honour’-based violence (DASH) risk indicator tool  Any agency identifying or receiving a disclosure of domestic abuse should complete an assessment of the risk of harm for the person experiencing this.  The DASH Risk Indicator Checklist is the preferred too

1.8 Raising a safeguarding concern

  Raising a safeguarding concern  It’s everyone’s business …  Anybody can raise a safeguarding concern for themselves or another person.   Preventing abuse and neglect by raising issues or sharing information as early as possible  Often abuse and neglect can be prevented from o

2.1 How responses to safeguarding concerns are managed

All responses should be underpinned by the six principles outlined in the Care Act, and a Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) approach.   How responses to safeguarding concerns are managed This part of the procedures sets out clear expectations regarding the standards, roles and responsibi

2.2 What is an enquiry?

An enquiry is the action taken or instigated by the local authority in response to a concern that abuse or neglect may be taking place. An enquiry: Begins when any action is taken by the local authority following receipt of a safeguarding concern. This could range from: an informal convers

2.3 Initial enquiry

An initial enquiry is any initial action taken by the local authority after it has received (or has itself identified) a safeguarding concern that has triggered its Section 42 duty (see Diagram 1a). Wherever possible the concern should be resolved at this stage, however, where it cannot, f

2.4 Checklist for completed enquiries

A Section 42 enquiry can be concluded when the local authority is satisfied that the following has taken place: Where a safeguarding plan is in place, it is in line with the desired outcomes of the adult, this includes enabling the adult to live with risk if they choose to do so. The safeg

2.5 Responding to concerns

Carers and safeguarding Circumstances in which a carer (for example, a family member or friend) could be involved in a situation that may require a safeguarding response include: A carer may witness or speak up about abuse or neglect. A carer may experience intentional or unintentional har

3.1 Introduction

Record keeping           Good record keeping is a vital component of professional practice, and should be factual and objective.                    Whenever a complaint or allegation of abuse is made, all agencies should maintain clear and accurate records and each agency s

3.2 Information sharing – part of the response

 Early sharing of information is the key to providing an effective response where there are emerging concerns.   Information gathering as part of an initial enquiry Purpose To evaluate any immediate risks to the person and take appropriate action to address these. To identify any immedia

4.1 Appendix 1 – Legislation and guidance

The Care Act 2014   Background  The Care Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014.  The Act for the first time places Safeguarding on a statutory footing.  Part 1 of the Act, which includes our safeguarding duties (sections 42-46) comes into force on the 1st April 2015.  The Ca

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

Local roles and responsibilities  Roles and responsibilities should be clear and collaboration should take place at all the following levels: operational supervisory line management practice leadership strategic leadership within the senior management team corporate/cross authority chief

4.3 Appendix 3 – Terminology and definitions

  Terminology   Replaces (where relevant) Comment Safeguarding concern Alert Levels no longer apply.  Nature of concern / risk and outcomes the adult wants to achieve informs what is the most appropriate and proportionate response to the concern eg. causing an enquiry to be

4.4 Appendix 4 – Safeguarding information leaflet for the public

What to do if you or someone you know may be being abused or neglected If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be being abused, neglected or exploited, please say something.  Everyone is responsible for preventing abuse by raising any concerns they have – it really is ‘E

4.5 Appendix 5 – Guidance to support people who self-neglect

Context  A failure to engage with individuals who are not looking after themselves (whether they have mental capacity or not) may have serious implications for, and a profoundly detrimental effect on, an individual’s health and wellbeing.  It can also impact on the individual’s famil

4.6 Appendix 6 – Flowcharts

Diagram 1a – Information gathering and responses Diagram 1b – Deciding what a further enquiry should 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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