Sharing information to prevent abuse and neglect - Adult safeguarding: sharing information

Sharing information between organisations about known or suspected risks may help to prevent abuse taking place. The safeguarding adults board has a key role to play in sharing information and intelligence on both local and national threats and risks. The board’s annual report must provide information about any safeguarding adults reviews (SARs). This can include learning to inform future prevention strategies. Designated adult safeguarding managers ‘should also have a role in highlighting the extent to which their own organisation prevents abuse and neglect taking place’. [7

Some areas have developed multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASHs) where key agencies are co-located to enable ‘real-time information-sharing, decision-making and communication’. [8]

Early evidence [8] suggests that multi-agency safeguarding hubs may improve:

There may be benefits to other approaches that reflect local needs and resources. These include virtual links between organisations as opposed to co-location and establishing a single point of reporting. Whatever model suits the locality can be used – the emphasis is on improving the quality and speed of responses to safeguarding concerns through better information-sharing.

Practice example

In Birmingham, a partnership approach to tackling antisocial behaviour has been developed by the Safer Birmingham Partnership. The Safer Estates Agreement is used by all social landlords in Birmingham to enable the sharing of information.

Resources

ADASS and LGA Making effective use of data and information to improve safety and quality in adult safeguarding

Home Office Information sharing for community safety: guidance and practice advice

SCIE Report 41: Prevention in adult safeguarding examines other initiatives that may help to prevent abuse