Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board has developed jointly with the Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Boards, a local Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Guidance which set out how local agencies will work together. The Policy and Guidance was published in May 2015, and subsequently updated in December 2016, in line with changes to Care Act (2014) statutory guidance. Please use the links below to view the policy:
Section 3: 4LSAB Multi-Agency Guidance
National Practice Guidance Adopted Locally
ADASS Guidance Inter-authority Safeguarding Arrangements – June 2016
Guidance for Inter-Authority Safeguarding Adults Enquiry and Protection Arrangements. The guidance has now been reviewed and updated to reflect new safeguarding duties under the Care Act (2014) and the accompanying Care and Support Statutory Guidance (2016). This includes, as fundamental, the person-centred, outcome-focused approach enshrined in Making Safeguarding Personal and the six national safeguarding adults principles.
Update to the Care Act 2014 (March 2016, DH)
Care Act 2014 Statutory Guidance (Department of Health, 2014)
The legal framework for the Care Act 2014 is supported by this statutory guidance which provides information and guidance about how the Care Act works in practice. The guidance has statutory status which means that there is a legal duty to have regard to it when working with adults with needs of care and support and carers.
On 10th March the Department of Health published the refreshed edition of the Care and Support statutory guidance. The statutory guidance supports implementation of part 1 of the Care Act 2014 by local authorities, the NHS, the police and other partners. The new edition supersedes the version issued in October 2014. It takes account of regulatory changes, feedback from stakeholders and the care sector and developments following the postponement of social care funding reforms to 2020. The guidance is being published as an online document and the new format is intended to be read online and so has improved navigation and search functionality. Not all chapters have been revised and some have only received minor clarifications to improve understanding following feedback from the sector.
The link below indicates where changes have been made and provides more detail on the more significant changes.
The Department of Health has also update the series of factsheets about the Care act 2014.
Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice (Department of Constitutional Affairs, 2007)
The legal framework provided by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is supported by this Code of Practice (the Code), which provides guidance and information about how the Act works in practice. The Code has statutory force, which means that certain categories of people have a legal duty to have regard to it when working with or caring for adults who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.
Quick Reference Guides
Types of Concern and Safeguarding Activity
Section 42 Safeguarding Enquiry Process Decision Making Tree
Quick Guide for Provider of Care and Health Services
Quick Guide for Alerters and Referrers
Model for Proportionate Responses
Mental Capacity Act 2005
Legislation & National Policy Linked to Adult Safeguarding
Safeguarding Adults Protocol – Pressure Ulcers and the interface with a Safeguarding Enquiry (January 2018)
Policy from the Department of Health and Social Care providing guidance with the aim of assisting practitioners and managers across health and care organisations to provide caring, speedy and appropriate responses to individuals at risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Making safeguarding personal – a toolkit for responses (Local Government Association, 2015)
The toolkit is set out in a modular format with a summary of key areas. These areas range from models, theories and approaches to skills and areas of specialism that safeguarding practitioners need to be aware of. It can be used as a practitioner guide for pointers on how to respond to individual cases, or as a starting point resource for service development. It has been designed as a resource that will develop over time and allow updates and amendments to be made as development takes place or innovative and effective practice comes to light.
Commissioning for Better Outcomes (Department of Health, Local Government Association, ADASS, Think Local, Act Personal) (2015)
This guidance outlines standards to support a dynamic process of continuous improvement and, through self-assessment and peer review, to challenge commissioners and their partners, to strengthen and innovate to achieve improved outcomes for adults using social care, their carers, families and communities. The standards are relevant to all aspects of commissioning and service redesign, including decommissioning. The standards have been designed to reflect the improvements that experience has shown are needed, to support the transformation of social care to meet people’s reasonable aspirations, and to support the implementation of the Care Act 2014.
Government Statement of Policy on Adult Safeguarding (HM Government, 2013)
The document outlines the Government’s policy on safeguarding adults vulnerable to abuse and neglect. It includes the statement of principles for Local Authority Social Services and housing, health, the police and other agencies to use, for both developing and assessing the effectiveness of their local safeguarding arrangements. It also describes, in broad terms, the outcomes for adult safeguarding, for both individuals and organisations.
Safeguarding – roles and responsibilities in health and care services (Department of Health, Local Government Association, ADASS, NHS Confederation, Association of Chief Police Officers, 2013)
This guidance provides clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the key agencies involved in adult safeguarding. The aim is to ensure that the right things are done by the right people at the right time, working within their own agency and with partners.
Gaining access to an adult suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect – a guide for social workers and managers in England (SCIE,2014)
This guide clarifies existing powers and legal options relating to access to adults suspected to be at risk of abuse or neglect where access is restricted or denied. It is intended as a source of ready reference rather than as a learning tool, laying out the potential routes to resolution. It is important that social workers and their managers are as clear as possible on which legal powers or options apply to which situations, and in cases of any uncertainty that they consult their senior managers and/or the legal department of the local authority. Throughout the guide there are inks to information on the relevant legislation and case law.
Prevention in Safeguarding (Social Care Institute of Excellence, 2011)
This guidance outlines a range of methods of preventing the abuse of vulnerable adults, from public awareness campaigns through to approaches that empower the individual to be able to recognise, address and report abuse. In addition, it examines policy and practice guidance and examples of emerging practice.
Information Sharing Guidance (Department of Health, March 2009)
This guidance supports good practice in information sharing by offering clarity on when and how information can be shared legally and professionally, in order to achieve improved outcomes. This guidance will be especially useful to support early intervention and preventative work where decisions about information sharing may be less clear than in safeguarding situations.