SCIE media statement
London agreement to improve safety for adults at risk
19 Janary 2011
New policies and procedures are launched today which will improve communication between all the professionals that are responsible for safeguarding vulnerable adults in London.
Police, health staff, social care professionals, the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance will all be able to share information which will cut bureaucracy and reduce misunderstandings. This should lead to greater protection for adults at risk. Also, each borough will not have to develop their own procedures.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has been working with these agencies, building on the work of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).
Marian Harrington, Strategic Director for Adult and Community Services at Westminster City Council says:
I have been delighted to lead this piece of work. I am very grateful to everyone involved for the effort they have made to ensure these procedures are in place to help protect vulnerable adults in London. I am especially proud of the way all agencies contributed towards producing the documents and ensuring that Councils, the NHS and Metropolitan Police will work together as closely as possible in future.
SCIE’s Director of Adult Services, David Walden, says:
This is a good example of sector-led improvement. This was a complex piece of work requiring commitment from partner agencies. There will be significant benefits through, for instance, improved safeguarding practices and reduction in duplication.This means better outcomes for those people at risk of harm. It’s also a good day for public services who are working together to improve the way they support people.
Pan-London safeguarding measures already exist to protect children across the capital, and, from today, authorities will aim to offer the same protection to adults.
The new procedures will help with:
- improving inter-agency working
- avoiding people falling between the gaps in services
- reduce duplication of work and the resultant time-saving
- contribute to a better understanding of safeguarding across all agencies
- help with the alignment of language used across agencies.
- SCIE Report 39: Protecting adults at risk: London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse.
- Adult safeguarding section of the SCIE website, which gives access to a number of safeguarding resources for adults at risk.
- Film about the murder of Steven Hoskin, who lived in Cornwall and had learning disabilities on SCIE’s Social Care TV.
The following agencies were involved in designing the policies and procedures:
- Metropolitan Police
- London Directors of Adult Services
- Chairs of London Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs)
- NHS London (29 acute trusts, 31 primary care trusts, 10 mental health trusts, one London Ambulance Trust, 1,550 GP practices)
- 33 London borough councils
- The London Joint Improvement Partnership
The editorial board sector leads are as follows:
- Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, London - Marian Harrington
- NHS London - Nicola Clark
- Metropolitan Police - Maria Gray
- Assistant Director Network - Margaret Allen and Shaun O’Leary
- London Safeguarding Adults Network - Sarah McDermott
- The London Safeguarding Adults Network (LSAN) coordinators will canvas opinion from their local safeguarding adults boards
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