At the heart of all Safeguarding Adults policy and procedures is the protection and well being of service users and carers. All people within our community have the basic human rights to dignity, freedom and respect.
Safeguarding is about preventing abuse and neglect as well as promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis. Presently, there is no legislation that places a statutory duty to co-operate on any agencies involved in safeguarding adults. However the Department of Health ‘No Secrets’ document places duty on Local Authorities and gives guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency polices to protect vulnerable adults from abuse.
The “Care Act” 2014 contains six key principles which underpin all adult safeguarding work:
The Berkshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures (2016) identifies the framework in which agencies in Berkshire work together to safeguard adults. The Procedures state that each agency will, as part of their workforce development plan, ensure that employees at all levels have appropriate knowledge and competencies in relation to:
Furthermore it is vital that staff from key partner agencies take part in multi-agency courses that will:
While the development of a workforce development plan is the responsibility of each individual organisation, safeguarding adults is a multi-agency task. The Multi-Agency Safeguarding procedures identify the need for joint commissioning of training, including training for service users and carers.
The Multi-Agency Workforce Development Strategy sets out the training and workforce development strategy in relation to safeguarding adults in East Berkshire to ensure employees have the knowledge, skills and understanding to safeguard adults from abuse. The document was produced in 2009 to support the implementation of the new local Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures.
Safeguarding Adults training is relevant to employees from a wide spectrum of services and agencies, and is available on both a “multi-agency” basis (co-ordinated through the East Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Training Sub-Group) as well as via employees’ own organisations.