Safeguarding adults means all work which enables an adult to retain independence, wellbeing and choice and live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. It is about preventing abuse and neglect as well as promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis.
Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse. That right is underpinned by the duty on public agencies under the Human Rights Act (1998). This places a duty on public organisations to enable adults at risk of neglect or abuse to access the advice, support and interventions they need to minimise the risk of further abuse, and stop it wherever possible.
It follows that all citizens should have access to relevant services including the civil and criminal justice system and victim support services. Remedies available should also include measures that achieve behaviour change by those who have perpetrated abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding adults is about trying to make sure that vulnerable adults do not get harmed, and knowing what to do if anyone in your organisation or service is worried about a vulnerable adult. Your service or organisation should have safeguards in place that:
- Protect vulnerable adults from harm and abuse
- Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
- Show that your organisation or service is responsible
“Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.” (‘No Secrets’ Department of Health 2000)
‘No Secrets’ was issued under Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act, 1970, which requires local authorities in their social services functions to act under the general guidance of the secretary of state. In the context of ‘No Secrets’, this means co-ordinating a multi-agency response to ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures and practices (for the protection of vulnerable adults at risk of abuse) are put in place and implemented locally.
Policy and Procedures
Sefton CVS Staff Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures (2013)
All organisations need to have their own safeguarding adults policy and procedure or guidance. You can use this template to help create a policy for your organisation:
Vulnerable Adults Policy
You should use this guidance to help you update the above templates so they are relevant to your organisation:
Vulnerable Adults Policy Guidance
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as CRB)
If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.
Sefton CVS has registered with the DBS to obtain higher level disclosures for its own staff and volunteers. In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS also offers access to the Disclosure service to other organisations within Sefton.
As a registered DBS Umbrella Body, Sefton CVS is able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for DBS checks on staff and volunteers. For more information on DBS checks, please visit here.
Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board
Rachel Bridge, Sefton CVS’s Health and Wellbeing (Adult) Lead sits on the Sefton’s Safeugarding Adults Executive Board. This representation aims to ensure there is a voice for the community and voluntary sector on the Board as well as ensuring information discussed at the Board is fed back to the community and voluntary sector.
You can find out more about the Board and the support and information offered by Sefton Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team by clicking here.
Mencap Safeguarding Adult E-Learning
Free Adult Social Care Training via Sefton MBC – Organisations that deliver a social care service to adults within the Sefton geographical area