Safeguarding Adults Procedure
The Online Pan-Lancashire Multi Agency Safeguarding Adult Procedures can be found here.
At present there is no single Statute or legislative framework in place that sets out the requirements and standards for Safeguarding Adults at Risk work. However, the Draft Care and Support Bill (2012) sets out the first statutory framework for adult safeguarding.
You can read more about this here.
The No Secrets (DH 2000) guidance sets out the standards for the NHS for multi agency working to safeguard adults who are or may be at risk. The Local Authority is the Lead agency and other agencies such as health, police and housing all have responsibilities with regard to safeguarding adults at risk. More recently The Department of Health published guidance on: Safeguarding Adults: the Role of NHS Commissioners (2011)
This document sets out the six principles which underpin adult safeguarding:
Empowerment – Presumption of person led decisions and informed consent.
Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need.
Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs.
Proportionality – Proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
Partnership – Local solutions through services working with their communities.
Accountability – Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding
In addition, it sets the expectation for NHS commissioners to work proactively with all contractors and service providers to ensure safeguarding arrangements are in place and that they maintain the safety and well being of those adults who are in receipt of contracted NHS care.
For further information on safeguarding adults as well as current local policies and procedures please see the Blackpool Council website here.
Reporting a Concern
If you have safeguarding concerns about an adult then please contact Blackpool Council Adult Social Care on:
Adults Duty Line: 01253 477592 (9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm on Friday). Please note that this phoneline is closed weekends, evenings and bank holidays.
Emergency Telephone Number (Outside normal office hours): 01253 477600.