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. This is essential for the prevention of harm and abuse.
The policy and procedures updates and replaces the ‘Sussex Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults at Risk, May 2013’ and has been commissioned and agreed by Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Boards.
The local authority has the coordinating role in relation to adult safeguarding, and other partner agencies have legal duties regarding safeguarding adults.
The policy and procedures provide an overarching framework to coordinate all activity undertaken through other processes and procedures where a concern relates to an adult who is experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect. This relates to an adult who meets the following three key tests:
- The adult has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs).
- The adult is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect.
- As a result of their care and support needs, the adult is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
Individual services and organisations should ensure their internal adult safeguarding policy and procedures reflect this Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures.
The local Safeguarding Adults Boards will lead work to ensure that the organisations or agencies that support persons experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect will:
- Explicitly include representation of adults as a key partner in all aspects of safeguarding work. This includes building the participation of adults into the Board’s membership, monitoring, development and implementation of the Board’s work, training strategies, planning and implementation of the individual’s safeguarding assessment and plan.
- Develop a culture that does not tolerate abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Raise awareness about safeguarding adults.
- Prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation from happening wherever possible.
If you are concerned that abuse or neglect may be taking place, take immediate action. Share your concerns or seek advice from Adult Social Care, or one of the independent organisations that work with adults. If you are a member of staff also share your concerns with your manager.