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Practice Guidance and Resources

This section contains links to a wide range of practice guidance and resources to support practitioners in their safeguarding role.



Voiceability is an independent charity and one of the UK’s largest providers of advocacy and involvement services. A wide range of advocacy services are available to people in Hampshire.


Voiceability’s statutory advocacy services are:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy including Young People’s Advocacy (12-18)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) including Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) and Paid Representatives (RPR)
  • Care Act Advocacy including Care Act Advocacy in Prisons
  • NHS Complaints Advocacy including NHS Complaints Advocacy in Prisons
  • Children’s Statutory Advocacy (also known as Looked After Children’s Advocacy)
  • Non-Statutory Advocacy


Non-Statutory Advocacy includes services for:

  • adults with support needs which mean that advocacy could help them – but who aren’t eligible for statutory advocacy.
  • anyone with a mental health issue who is in hospital, or who is eligible to access community mental health services
  • anyone who wants to make a complaint about an NHS service


Voiceability leads three user involvement groups: Farnborough Self Advocacy Group, Havant Hub and Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.


To find out about eligibility and download a referral form:

Call: 0300 303 1660




Care Act training: independent advocacy

These online training videos cover the legal duty of providing an independent advocate, the key role of an appropriate person and the importance of following the legal requirements for both.

Care Act training: Legal duties and impact on individuals – Independent advocacy | SCIE


One-Minute Guide to Advocacy

A quick guide to advocacy in the local area.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup One Minute Guide to Advocacy


Care Providers

This area contains a wide range of guidance and tools to support care providers in their safeguarding adults role.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup HSAB Care Act 2014 Implementation Top 20 Checklist

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup HSAB Safeguarding Adult Lead Role Profile

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup HSAB Guidance on writing a Safeguarding Adult Policy – September 2015


Quick Guides to the national Safeguarding Concerns Guidance produced by the LGA

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Quick Guide 1 Working with Definitions

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Quick Guide 2 Understanding what constitutes a safeguarding concern

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Quick Guide 3 Flowcharts


Carers and safeguarding: a briefing for people who work with carers

Please see the link below to a briefing from the LGA which provides an update on the ADASS Advice note ‘Carers and Safeguarding Adults’ produced in 2011 for frontline workers. The briefing brings the advice note in line with the Care Act 2014.

 Carers and safeguarding: a briefing for people who work with carers | Local Government Association

It is intended to be used as a practical tool and does not seek to amend or replace existing statutory guidance that may be in place. The briefing will support the improvement in practice regarding safeguarding adults as well as safeguarding their carers.

In light of the challenges faced for carers during the pandemic, this briefing is very timely and it is encouraged to be shared with organisations/teams as appropriate.  The case studies included within the document form an excellent opportunity for appropriate professional discussion at team meetings, 1:1s and/or professional supervision.



Please click on the link below to view resources and information on choking.

icn_web Choking Resources


Coercive Control Tools and Resources

Guidance has been developed relating to safeguarding people who are victims of controlling and coercive behaviour. The Department of Health has funded a set of tools to help practitioners respond to the issue, which experts say underpins domestic abuse and can be a heightened risk among people with care and support needs. The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced a criminal offence of “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship”.

icn_web Coercive control tools and resources



Commissioning for Better Outcomes

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.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Commissioning for Better Outcomes


Safeguarding in Commissioned Services

This guidance is designed to provide a clear framework with which to respond to safeguarding concerns occurring in regulates NHS and social care settings.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup 4LSAB Guidance on Safeguarding in Commissioned Services (June 2020)


Community Partnership Information Sharing Forms

Sharing of information is critical to developing a clearer picture of local and wider issues, to inform the actions police need to take to reduce threat, harm and risk.

Hampshire Constabulary are seeking the support of partners, education staff and practitioners to share information known to them which, often without realisation, could provide crucial links where gaps in intelligence might exist.

To help improve information sharing, the CPI form gives professionals a safe and direct way to share non-urgent information with police relating to children/adults at risk of:


  • Missing, Exploited, Trafficked
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Criminal Exploitation
  • Drug Related Harm
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Community Cohesion
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Organised Crime


The CPI Form: Use and Process Summary

If the information known to you is non-urgent, not a crime and a child/adult is not at immediate risk, this is appropriate to be shared as police intelligence using the CPI form. The CPI form is not a referral form, it is for sharing non-urgent information only specific to the risks listed above.

Upon receipt of a CPI form, intelligence handlers assess it to determine the level of risk and priority, this process can amount to one of the following outcomes:

  • CPI sanitised an intelligence log created – added to police systems for officer awareness/action
  • If information details a crime, this is tasked to the crime desk for allocation to be investigated
  • If there is a concern for safety, it will be referred to the relevant safeguarding services/teams
  • In some cases, no action will be taken

For more information, and access to the CPI forms, please click here


Below is a recording of a course delivered by Hampshire & IOW Constabulary which took place online in 2024.



The term ‘co-production’ describes working in partnership by sharing power between people who draw on care and support, carers, families and citizens. This guide from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is about how to do co-production. It was co-produced with people who draw on care and support, carers, support providers and staff from SCIE.

icn_web Co-production: what it is and how to do it | SCIE


County Lines

Please find below links to information supplied from the Home Office regarding a number of recently published sector based resources for frontline staff on serious and organised crime. The guidance is aimed at supporting policing and other statutory frontline staff – particularly those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults – in identifying potential victims of this type of criminal exploitation. It sets out the signs to look for in potential victims, and what action staff should take so that potential victims get the support and help they need. The document supplements an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies.

This is the guidance:

icn_web Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines Guidance Sept 2018

Alongside the guidance, there are also resources for frontline professionals to help policing and statutory staff recognise the signs to look out for, that could indicate that someone is a victim of county lines gangs:

icn_web Protecting vulnerable people from exploitation resources for frontline professionals Sept 2018

The Home Office is also raising awareness of county lines across a range of non-statutory sectors. Here are the resources for staff working in the following sectors:

Materials for the social housing sector are currently being developed and will be available shortly.

Finally, there are also some social media resources: Social media resources


Guidance from “Unseen” on County Lines

Modern slavery takes many forms, including child exploitation, which is a growing problem in the UK.  This guide from “Unseen” aims to help parents and carers spot County Lines exploitation and know how to get help.

PDF icon  Unseen County Lines Exploitation – guide for parents, carers & practitioners


Domestic Abuse

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Strategy

The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership Strategy 2023-2025 aims to put domestic abuse at the forefront of system priorities in Hampshire, building on the strong partnership that has been developed in recent years. This document is a collaborative multi-agency statement setting out how the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership intends to tackle domestic abuse in all its forms over the coming two years through adopting a co-ordinated community response. It is intended to form the overarching guidance, supported by focused action plans, and will underpin how we will work together effectively and consistently to improve lives and reduce harms for victims and survivors, children and their wider families and communities.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Hampshire Domestic Abuse Strategy 2023 


Domestic Abuse Referral Pathway for Hampshire

The Hampshire Domestic  Abuse Pathway document is to be used by professionals when they are working with anyone who has experienced domestic abuse.  We have a duty not to turn a blind eye to abuse and should always take action.  This pathway aims to help all professionals (especially those who don’t have an in depth knowledge of domestic abuse) to take some form of action to help victims of abuse, whether male or female, and to help them get the support they need.  The document includes specialist service contact details.

icn_web Domestic Abuse Referral Pathway for Hampshire


Domestic Abuse and Older Adults

In partnership with Dewis Choice, Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board have produced an animation, entitled ‘Hidden Harms‘, to highlight the unique challenges that older adults face when domestic abuse occurs.

icn_web Domestic Abuse and Older Adults – Hidden Harms | Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board


HRDA: High Risk Domestic Abuse

HRDA is a daily meeting of professionals from a variety of agencies, including police, social workers, domestic abuse services, health and housing. You have been identified as being potentially at high risk of harm and will be/were discussed at one of these meetings. The aim of the meeting is/was to ensure that all agencies are aware of your situation and the risk you face so that actions can be taken immediately to try to keep you safe. Professionals will share/shared information relating to risk from any known history of the domestic abuse, the perpetrators offending, their records and current police reports on a confidential basis. This information, along with what you may have asked your specialist domestic abuse worker to share, is used to assess your risk, who that risk is from and to, and which professionals are best placed to help you stay safe.


High Risk Domestic Abuse (HRDA) meetings

Colleagues in the Hampshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) are working closely with partner agencies to introduce daily High Risk Domestic Abuse (HRDA) meetings.

These are multi agency meetings that will consider high risk domestic abuse incidents on a daily basis.

The HRDA meeting will be chaired by police and have a core attendance of:

  • Children’s Services, via MASH
  • Adult Health & Care, via MASH
  • A MASH Health professional and
  • A specialist domestic abuse worker

The HRDA meeting will relocate work from MARAC to MASH, which will ensure that those families affected by domestic abuse will receive a faster, more co-ordinated response, with support and the required intervention being provided closer to the timing of the incident. The specialist domestic abuse worker will ensure that the voice of the victim/survivor is represented at the planning stage.

Introduction of HRDA meetings aims to reduce duplication of work for police, health, Children’s Services Department (CSD) and Adults’ Health and Care (AHC), as there will be fewer cases needing research. This, in turn will reduce the time spent on MARAC attendance. As well as securing early specialist domestic abuse involvement, the HRDA will ensure a consistent threshold is applied to high risk domestic abuse cases.

There will be a two week pilot of the HRDA daily meetings process in late September 2018. Subject to positive response and outcome from all parties, it is anticipated that the process will be rolled out shortly afterwards.


Coercive Control Tools and Resources

Guidance has been developed relating to safeguarding people who are victims of controlling and coercive behaviour. The Department of Health has funded a set of tools to help practitioners respond to the issue, which experts say underpins domestic abuse and can be a heightened risk among people with care and support needs. The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced a criminal offence of “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship”.

icn_web Coercive control tools and resources


Help available for people who are victims of domestic violence and abuse

The Department for Work and Pensions has a range of measures designed to support people who flee violent and abusive households.

icn_web Help available for people who are victims of domestic violence and abuse


Adult safeguarding and domestic abuse: a guide to support practitioners and managers

The purpose of this guide is to help staff to give better informed and more effective support to people who need an adult safeguarding service because of domestic abuse.

icn_web Adult Safeguarding and Abuse guidance


Standing Together-  updated Domestic Abuse Co-ordinated Community Response Guide

See below a refreshed guide to effective domestic abuse partnership work –  The Coordinated Community Response (CCR)

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup In Search of Excellence Executive Summary

HSAB - Report of the Workforce SubgroupIn Search of Excellence 2020


Family Approach Protocol

This Protocol has been commissioned by the 4 Safeguarding Children Partnerships (4LSCPs) and 4 Safeguarding Adult Boards (4LSABs) in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. The protocol was commissioned in response to findings from a range of reviews  across all Partnership’s which highlight the need for professionals to work effectively together to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and their families across all areas.  The protocol and supporting documents can be found here:

Family Approach Protocol – Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (


Family Group Conferences

This practice tool can be purchased from the Research in Practice website.  It aims to support practitioners and managers who are already running a family group conference (FGC) service for adults, and those who are considering developing a service. It provides an overview of the current evidence base regarding FGCs with adults; the complexities of measuring the impact of FGCs on outcomes for adults and their families and practical ideas to support the evaluation of the process and outcomes of an FGC service for adults.  See also the Safeguarding Children Board’s short guide on Family Group Conferences

icn_web Family Group Conferences with adults

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Short Guide to Family Group Conferences 


Female Genital Mutilation

Guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) for all persons and bodies in England and Wales has been released on GOV.UK.  It was first published in 2016 but has just been updated (October 2018). The guidance can be found here:

icn_web Multi-Agency Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation

You must read and follow this guidance if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. You should read this FGM guidance along-side other safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):

icn_web Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) in England

icn_web Safeguarding Children in Wales


Hampshire Safeguarding Boards have developed new multi-agency policy and practice guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This covers mandatory reporting duties relating to girls under 18 year old and also our wider responsibilities to women over 18 years who may have been subject to FGM.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup 4LSAB Multi-Agency Guidance on Honour Based Abuse, Forced Marriage and FGM (June 2020)


Two new documents have been produced to provide easy guidance around FGM. The Rapid Read document provides a one-page information sheet with key indicators to look for and links to further clinical and legal guidance. The Easy Read document provides clear guidance in a simplified language that is easy to follow.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup FGM Rapid Read Guidance

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup FGM Easy Read Guidance


Forced Marriage

Marriage My Choice Toolkit is based on independent research commissioned/funded by the National Institute for Health Research and School for Social Care Research. In recognition of the particular needs of people with learning disabilities who may be, or have been, forced into marriage, the guidance specifically addresses assessing capacity to consent to marriage and draws upon research undertaken as part of the My Marriage My Choice project led by Rachael Clawson and research team. This practice guidance is part of a suite of resources which also includes: Summary of Findings (full, short and easy read versions); Case Studies Collection (real life experiences and challenges) and an Awareness Film.

icn_web My marriage, My Choice Toolkit



The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Hoarding Guidance sets out a framework for collaborative multi-agency working across Hampshire using a ‘person centred solution’ based model to support those demonstrating hoarding behaviours.

The purpose of this guidance is to support providers, practitioners, and other professionals to identify when to raise concerns regarding poor self care or lack of care for living conditions, identify agencies who can provide support and set out what they may expect by way of a response and encourage and support defensible decision making in accordance with our duty of care. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Hampshire 4LSAB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Policy.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup 4LSAB Multi-agency hoarding Guidance 2022




HSAB Homelessness Prevention – system reflections Discussion paper

The Hampshire Homelessness workstream formed in March 2020 to co-ordinate a system wide Covid19 response for people experiencing homelessness. The Workstream has continued to meet finding value in shared learning and expertise, alongside peer/critical friend challenge in the way we work together to improve our collective response to homelessness prevention.

The intention with this paper was to highlight the key issues and supporting evidence, at appropriate levels, where a number of service changes and joint ownership of service design and delivery could significantly alter the level of engagement, experience and outcome for people who need help and support ensuring they keep safe and well as we work as a system to end their homelessness and address their health and wellbeing needs.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup HSAB Homelessness Prevention – system reflections discussion paper


Adult Safeguarding and Homelessness Briefing

The purpose of this briefing is to assist senior leaders, such as members of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs), as well as commissioners, practitioners and operational managers who are working across relevant sectors and agencies in this field, to support people who are homeless and at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect. This is a complex area of safeguarding adults’ practice. It requires an integrated whole system response. The intention is that the briefing will support and improve practice and encourage debate about policy and service development.


There are 11 sections in this briefing. Particular focus is given to working with people experiencing multiple exclusion homelessness. The eleven sections include an outline of relevant law and a summary of learning from safeguarding adult reviews. Effective practice is explored through a focus on working with individuals, the multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team around the person, organisations around the team, and governance.


The briefing forms part of a sector-led improvement project. The briefing concludes with a list of resources and identifies how the project will be taken forward to further inform policy, service and practice development.


At a local level Homelessness is a priority for the HSAB this year, with the HSAB Housing subgroup working on the production of Homelessness guidance, as well as campaign materials being designed by the Stakeholder subgroup for circulation to raise awareness of the links between homelessness, abuse and safeguarding.



Honour-Based Violence

 A multi-agency guidance document for agencies and organisations to use with cases or suspected cases of Honour Based Violence in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup 4LSAB Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage Multi-Agency Guidance


Housing and Safeguarding

This resource explains the role of the housing sector in adult safeguarding.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Safeguarding and Housing


Learning and Development

This multi-agency learning and development guidance is designed to support the development of best practice in adult safeguarding work and to ensure that people working with adults at risk across all sectors.

  4LSAB Learning and Development Strategy November 2020


Learning Disabilities

This guidance published by the Social  Care Institute of Excellence  covers care and support for adults with learning disabilities as they grow older. It covers identifying changing needs, planning for the future, and delivering services including health, social care and housing. It aims to support people to access the services needed as they get older.

icn_web Supporting older adults with a learning disability


Legal Powers and Remedies

Access to adults suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect

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.

icn_web Gaining access to an adult suspected to be at risk of abuse or neglect – a guide for social workers and managers in England (SCIE, 2014)


Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) soon. This was announced in a Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill which passed into law in May 2019. Key features will include starting at 16 years of age, and deprivations of liberty having to be authorised in advance by the ‘responsible body’.

SCIE has an LPS hub and are developing a resource library alongside a training offer for support for the sector found here:

icn_web Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) | SCIE


This short animation gives information about the change from DoLS to LPS. It also describes the key differences between the 2 pieces of legislation. It was produced for the NHS National Safeguarding Team.


Hampshire Joint Working Protocol 2017

Most parents and carers have the capability and want to provide good or good enough parenting for their children, most of the time. Sometimes, the parent will have such overwhelming needs of their own that they may not have the capacity to be such a capable parent. This protocol supports early intervention work that can make a real positive difference to the outcomes for children and their families.

This multi-agency protocol has been written for every person, staff or volunteer, (hereafter called practitioners) working with people whose complex problems might impact on their ability to care for children and for practitioners working with children whose parents or carers have those complex problems.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Joint Working Protocol Ratified 2017


Making Safeguarding Personal

icn_web Making Safeguarding Personal | Local Government Association

The LGA are working with ADASS to develop and deliver a support offer to help councils and their partners embed the Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) approach.

icn_web Making Safeguarding Personal toolkit | Local Government Association

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.

icn_web Making safeguarding personal videos | Local Government Association

These Making Safeguarding Personal resources were developed by Research in Practice for the safeguarding adults workstream of the Care and Health Improvement Partnership in 2022. They are tools for practitioners, trainers and anyone else to be used to promote a person centred, outcome focused and strength based approach to safeguarding adults

icn_web Myths and realities about Making Safeguarding Personal (

This briefing has been developed to address misconceptions and a superficial understanding about Making Safeguarding Personal, and to caution those who interpret this approach simplistically. It supports and promotes relationship and strength based approaches in practice. It acknowledges the complexity of people’s lives and challenges for practitioners to enable people (with their representatives or advocates if they lack mental capacity) to keep themselves safe and safeguarded, and to achieve resolution and recovery in their lives.

icn_web Research in Practice – Busting myths that surround Making Safeguarding Personal playlist

Eleven episodes exploring and busting the myths that can prevent practitioners from making safeguarding personal for service users. Podcast hosts combine practitioner experience and service user experience to begin to makes sense of what it means to make safeguarding personal for every service user.

icn_web Making Safeguarding Personal in self-neglect workbook | Local Government Association

This learning resource, produced by Research in Practice, draws on evidence from research and safeguarding adult reviews (SARs) to identify how making safeguarding personal can make a difference to the health, wellbeing and safety of people who are self-neglecting.

icn_web Making Safeguarding Personal 2018/19 case studies | Local Government Association

These case studies illustrate outcome focused practice in safeguarding adults in line with the Making Safeguarding Personal approach. They are from nine council areas who put forward case studies.

icn_web Tools and resources to support Making Safeguarding Personal | Research in Practice

This webinar provides an overview of resources to support Making Safeguarding Personal in practice.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Making Safeguarding Personal for SABs (LGA and ADASS)

This resource is part of a suite of resources to support safeguarding adults boards and partners in developing and promoting Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP). It supports Boards both in their assurance role and in actively supporting and leading a culture change towards Making Safeguarding Personal.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup MSP – what ‘good’ looks like for Advocacy Services (LGA and ADASS)

This code of practice for advocacy details the core principles within the Advocacy Charter. This provides guidance for advocates and their managers, aimed at providing clarity, support and boundaries for their practice. It is also a guide for commissioners of advocacy services, outlining the expectations and purpose of the role and what people with support needs, as well as commissioners, should expect from the delivery of the service. If these principles are applied consistently within advocacy practice in safeguarding adults then this will support delivering Making Safeguarding Personal and Care Act principles.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup MSP – What might ‘good’ look like for the Police (LGA and ADASS)

This summary sets out the headlines of what should be developed and worked on by the police – the essential steps – to make safeguarding personal. These essential steps are expanded on throughout the main body of the resource in section 4 of the document, with suggestions for how and why these steps should be achieved.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup MSP – What might ‘good’ look like for HSC commissioners and providers (LGA and ADASS)

This summary sets out the headlines of what should be developed and worked on by commissioners and providers in health and social care − the essential steps − to make safeguarding personal. These essential steps are expanded on throughout the main body of the resource in section 4 of the document, with suggestions for how and why these steps should be achieved.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup MSP Outcomes Framework Briefing Paper – Temperature Check (ADASS, LGA, IPC and Research in Practice for Adults)

The Making Safeguarding Personal Temperature Check 2016 included the recommendation (p29): “… an ideal type of outcomes measurement and reporting framework should be agreed, that can be offered as a template and a means for local authorities to measure MSP progress and compare themselves to each other.”  To support that recommendation, ADASS and the LGA appointed the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) to develop an MSP outcomes framework that will provide a means of promoting and measuring practice that supports an outcomes focus for safeguarding adults work, including ways in which IT systems and processes can aid an outcomes approach.


 The Medaille Trust – support for women who have been victims of modern slavery across Hampshire

The Medaille Trust that supports women who have been effected by trafficking, exploitation and Modern Slavery across Hampshire called The Moving On Project.

They provide tailored one-to-one long term support to those who might not otherwise have access to modern slavery support services such as the NRM and outreach support.  They aim to help women reduce their vulnerability to abuse, violence and exploitation, and move on positively with their lives in the community.  They also seek to support survivors pursue judicial outcomes against their perpetrators by supporting them throughout the legal process.  See more information about the Medaille Trust and how to make a referral in the document below.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Medaille Trust Referrers Guide



Mental Capacity

MCA 7-Minute Briefing

This 7 minute briefing on Mental Capacity has been produced by Southampton City Council and shared across all the 4 Local Safeguarding Adult Boards.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup 7 minute briefing on MCA – Southampton City Council


Mental Capacity Act 2005

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.

icn_web Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice


Hampshire Mental Capacity Toolkit

The Hampshire Mental Capacity Toolkit has been refreshed following a Safeguarding Adults Review to reflect a number of findings reflected in the review.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Mental Capacity Toolkit Part A

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Mental Capacity Toolkit Part B

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Mental Capacity Toolkit Guidance Notes


The Toolkit – Burdett Trust for Nurses

These materials have been created to help support health and social care professionals working with individuals whose decision-making capacity is limited, fluctuating, absent or compromised. Demographic changes mean there are increasing numbers of people living with conditions which may impact on their decision-making capacity, and as such it is vital that professionals are confident in their understanding use of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This tool brings together information from a range of professionals working in the field of mental capacity to provide a comprehensive guide to practice. It is part of a wider research project funded by the Burdett Trust for Nurses.

icn_web The Toolkit – Mental Capacity Toolkit


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Cheshire West Ruling)

The Supreme Court has published a Ruling regarding the cases of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council and P&Q v Surrey County Council which overturns previous judgements that had defined deprivation of liberty more restrictively. The Court has now ruled that all people who lack the capacity to make decisions about their care and residence and, under the responsibility of the state, are subject to continuous supervision and control and lack the option to leave their care setting are deprived of their liberty. The person’s compliance or lack of objection to their placement, the purpose of it or the extent to which it enables them to live a relatively normal life for someone with their level of disability are all irrelevant to whether they were deprived of their liberty, ruled the court. This means that many people are likely to have been deprived of their liberty unlawfully and without safeguards in settings including care homes and supported living placements. Proper application of the judgement is likely to see a significant increase in DOLS applications regarding care home placements, and also applications to the Court of Protection to authorise deprivations of liberty in supported living.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Cheshire West DOLs Ruling


Modern Slavery

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership has launched its strategy to tackle Slavery in Hampshire, IOW, Portsmouth and Southampton:

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup  Hampshire Modern Slavery Partnership Strategy 2021 – 2023

This updated strategy has been written in line with key learning from our Partners as well as the Government’s Modern Slavery Strategy and the new priorities of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.  It sets out our commitments in relation to improving the identification of and support for victims of modern slavery, to actively seek out intelligence in order to to catch offenders, and working together to increase prosecutions.


Guidance on Modern Slavery

The Government has issued new guidance on Modern Slavery. The guidance can be found here:

icn_web Modern Slavery Guidance 2018


HSAB Guidance on Modern Slavery

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Guidance on Modern Slavery


Local Authority guidance on Modern Slavery

The purpose of this guide is to increase awareness of modern slavery and provide clarity for councils their role in tackling it. Whilst it has been produced specifically for Local Authorities, the guidance will also be helpful for a wider range of partners. It should be read in conjunction with other resources designed to help stop slavery.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Modern Slavery – A Council Guide


Modern Slavery Protocol for Local Authorities

Please find links to the newly published Modern Slavery Protocol for Local Authorities. These resources have been produced to help improve the Local Authority’s response to human trafficking and modern slavery, in particular the identification and support offered to adult survivors. The guidance provides non-prescriptive steps to follow when a potential victim of human trafficking or modern slavery is identified. It should be adapted to each local authority’s internal structures.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Hampshire, IOW, Portsmouth and Southampton Modern Slavery Adult Referral Pathway

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Adult Modern Slavery Protocol for LAs Statutory Duties and Powers

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Adult Modern Slavery Protocol for LAs NRM Process Guide for LAs

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Adult Modern Slavery Protocol for LAs Definitions and Indicators


Pressure Ulcers

This guidance assists practitioners and managers across health and care organisations to provide caring, speedy and appropriate responses to individuals at risk of developing pressure ulcers.  The guidance promotes a proactive preventative approach to reduce harm to individuals and secure efficiencies to the wider health and social care system.

Where pressure ulcers do occur, this guidance offers a clear process for the clinical management of the removal and reduction of harm to the individual, whilst considering if an adult safeguarding response under section 42 of the Care Act 2014 is necessary. The guidance demonstrates that the focus on removing harm to the individual will usually be secured by speedy clinical intervention.

The guidance highlights that broader issues of overall quality of care, management of a service, and training of staff will be of significant interest to commissioners, and the regulator the Care Quality Commission, as well as Safeguarding Adult Boards and Quality Surveillance Groups. There should be clear processes in every locality for communicating concerns to the relevant bodies.

This guidance has been adopted by the 4LSABs across the SHIP area and has been incorporated into the local multi-agency adult safeguarding policy and guidance.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Pressure ulcers: how to safeguard adults – GOV.UK (




The Prevent Toolkit has been developed to support professionals working with children and adults in Hampshire who may be at risk of, or are, being groomed for radicalisation.

The toolkit was developed in response to a request made by multi-agency professionals for more information on potential signs and vulnerabilities of radicalisation and wanting to better understand the processes and procedures in place to support young people.

Within the toolkit you will find policies and procedures, as well as resources you can use within your teams. Links to organisations who provide support are also included.

icn_web Prevent Toolkit


Hampshire PREVENT and Autism Strategic Plan

The purpose of this Prevent Strategy is to provide a framework which ensures the organisations that are members of the Prevent Partnership Boards are able to meet their responsibilities to equip people to work effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults in relation to Prevent.

icn_web Hampshire Prevent and Autism Strategic Plan 


Self Neglect and Persistent Welfare Concerns

Self Neglect

This guidance aims to support practitioners, adult and their carers/family members, to identify when to raise concerns regarding poor self-care, or lack of care for living conditions. The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Risk Management Framework provides an effective tool for responding to cases of self-neglect and persistent welfare concerns.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup HSAB Guidance on Responding to Self-Neglect


Sexual Exploitation

Section pending update


Suicide prevention strategy for England: 2023 to 2028

This strategy sets out the government’s ambitions over the next 5 years. The strategy was informed by the mental health call for evidence launched in 2022 and includes steps and actions from across government and a wide range of organisations with the ultimate aim to reduce the suicide rate over the next 5 years – with initial reductions in half this time.

icn_web Suicide prevention strategy for England: 2023 to 2028 – GOV.UK (


Trauma-informed practice in safeguarding

Trauma-informed practice develops from the understanding of how trauma exposure can affect our neurological, biological, psychological and social development.

Trauma-informed approaches are founded on the understanding and acceptance that symptoms and experiences related to trauma are coping strategies established by people to manage traumatic experiences.

Trauma-informed practice seeks to avoid re-traumatisation by using the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment and cultural consideration.  There is a natural crossover with this approach from the principles of adult safeguarding, which are empowerment, prevention, proportionality, protection, partnership and accountability.

As well as more broadly, the approaches and practice outlined in Making Safeguarding Personal (ADASS, 2014). To understand trauma-informed practice, practitioners must recognise that the effects of trauma affect individuals, groups and communities.

In November 2022, The Office of Health Improvement and Disparities created a working definition of trauma-informed practice.  


Quick reference guides

Safeguarding Process

This explains what providers can expect if they are involved in the safeguarding process.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Safeguarding Guidance for Provider Services


Principles underpinning the safeguarding process

The safeguarding process outlined in this document is underpinned by a number of important principles which should inform the day to day safeguarding practice of partner organisations and their practitioners.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Principles underpinning the safeguarding process


Signs and Indicators of Abuse

This document outlines a range of possible signs or indicators of abuse staff need be aware of.

HSAB - Report of the Workforce Subgroup Signs and Indicators of Abuse


Unidentified Adults

The term ‘Unidentified Adults’ refers to an adult who agencies are not aware of, or not engaging with. They could be living within a household where children live or with someone who has regular contact with children. This can be in any capacity (such as parent, partner, grandparents, non-family member etc.)


The risk of not engaging effectively with adults who have regular contact with children or live within the family home includes understanding:

  • What the child’s main caregiver and other family members might be saying about the ‘Unidentified Adults’ role within the family
  • The positive contribution which they might make to the needs and welfare of the child
  • What support they may offer to the family, including caring for children
  • Any risks which they might present.


The following resources have been produced to assist workers in this area:

icn_web Spotlight on Unidentified Adults

icn_web Unidentified Adults Toolkit