NQSW resource - Outcome statement 7: Safeguarding
Safeguarding: Key resources
Take some time now to explore our list of key resources and websites that may be of use in helping you think about professional development and accountability. These have been selected based on the criteria outlined in About this resource.
See also the full List of policy and legislation relevant to all outcome statements (PDF file).
These have been organised into:
- Putting personalisation into practice (SCIE)
- Safeguarding adults – a national framework of standards for good practice and outcomes in adult protection work (PDF) (ADSS)
- Safeguarding adults: lessons from the murder of Steven Hoskin (Social care TV)
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Safeguarding adults: preventing abuse through community cohesion, communication and good practice (Social care TV 2009)Open
The film shows how good communication with older people can improve safeguarding. In residential care it is important that staff take the time to talk to residents and to listen to their concerns. Two community projects demonstrate how people are encouraged to look out for each other and to report any concerns about the safety of individuals.
Learning together to safeguard children: developing a multi-agency systems approach for case reviews (Guide, 2008)Open
This guide presents a ‘systems’ model of organisational learning that can be used across agencies involved in safeguarding and child protection work. It has been adapted from accident investigation methods used in aviation and engineering and, more recently, in health. It should be considered as a preliminary version for child welfare and the basis on which future developments can build. Key concepts are:
- different professionals will inevitably have different views of a case
- understanding the ‘why’ questions about multi-agency working requires capturing these different perspectives.
Facts about FACS 2010: a guide to fair access to care services (Guide, 2010)Open
This guide notes that personalisation and support planning in fair access to care services (FACS) indicates two aspects of risk that need to be addressed in practice. Safeguarding where staff need to:
- implement the organisation’s procedures for safeguarding, including joint working agreements with partner agencies
- work with other professionals and agencies to reduce risk and safeguard adults and carers
- respond to signs and symptoms of possible harm, abuse and neglect, using the organisation’s procedures
- take appropriate action when there are serious safeguarding concerns, seeking advice from line managers and accessing specialist expertise
- work with children’s services when there is any indication of child safeguarding concerns.
Risk assessment and management where staff need to:
- implement the organisation’s procedures for risk assessment and management, including joint working agreements with partner agencies
- use agreed approaches to the assessment and management of risks when working in situations of uncertainty and unpredictability
- seek support when risks to be managed are outside own expertise
- when necessary, work within the organisation’s procedures for managing media interest in risk and safeguarding situations.
Fair access to care services (e-learning, 2010)Open
In addition to the Facts about FACS guide, these e-learning materials give you an opportunity to think more about safeguarding and the implications for practice. Section 2.7 explores risk management, how you respond to risk and good practice and decision-making. Section 3.4 explores the issue of when control is limited and the implications for your practice.
Mental capacity (Social care TV 2009)Open
These films cover a range of issues including managing risk and freedom, decision-making, managing health and money, and the importance of consultation.
Link: Mental capacity
Prevention in adult safeguarding: a review of the literature, (Social Care Institute for Excellence 2011)Open
This report presents the literature on preventing the abuse of vulnerable adults. It posits key messages that practitioners should be aware of and is useful for anyone working in adult social care.
Practice guidance on the involvement of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) in safeguarding adults (Guide, 2009)Open
This guide outlines the role of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) in safeguarding adults. It is primarily aimed at professionals who have responsibilities in relation to safeguarding adults such as local authorities, IMCA providers, safeguarding managers, the police and other safeguarding adults partners. It is jointly published by The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and SCIE.
Safeguarding adults: lessons from the murder of Steven Hoskin (Social care TV 2009) Open
Steven Hoskin had learning disabilities and lived alone in St Austell. He was tortured and murdered by people who targeted him because of his disabilities. Investigations showed that Steven had made numerous calls to a number of agencies, including the police, health and social care services, so they should have been aware that he was in danger. This video demonstrates that partnership between agencies and sound information-sharing procedures are vital to the safeguarding of adults.
Safeguarding adults: an independent life after long-term abuse within the family (Social care TV 2009) Open
This film is about Philip, who suffered physical, financial and emotional abuse in the family home for many years. Philip has learning disabilities and cerebral palsy. When Philip finally disclosed the abuse he was supported to leave the family home. Since then he has gone from strength to strength. He has married and although his wife unfortunately died some years after their marriage, he continues to live a full and independent life.
Think child, think parent, think family (Guide and other resources, 2009)Open
Families with parents who have mental health problems often have complex needs. Attempts to meet those needs can be hampered by organisational structures which make it more difficult to provide services which are accessible to the whole family.
Adult safeguarding scrutiny guide (Centre for Public Scrutiny and Local Government Development Agency, 2010)Open
This guide considers how local arrangements work to safeguard adults in the local authority area and how Overview and Scrutiny Committees (OSCs) can contribute to better safeguarding in this complex and sensitive area of public service. It is designed to assist officers and members (and Independent Chairs) in shaping and developing the best way to exercise their responsibilities locally.
Safeguarding and personalisation – two sides of the same coin (In Control, 2009)Open
We all have to make a range of choices throughout our lives, some of which may be considered by others, or indeed by ourselves, to be risky. The philosophy behind self-directed support is that individuals are experts in their own needs and should be supported to make their own choices and have control over their lives. Self-directed support can only truly flourish in a culture of positive approaches to risk. This discussion paper explores how personalisation supports safety.
Safeguarding tools and templates (In Control) Open
These four template documents have been produced in partnership with In Control’s total transformation local authority sites. They are practical resources designed to help those facing the issue of balancing choice and control with the duty to safeguard vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding adults – a national framework of standards for good practice and outcomes in adult protection work (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, 2005)Open
This framework has been developed through the ADSS-led national safeguarding adults network, which combines partner representation alongside adult protection representatives from ADSS branches. It has received a wide range of support and contributions from stakeholders and has been developed from existing practice, with contributions by adult protection lead managers throughout the country.
Equality, diversity and human rights (Department of Health, 2007)Open
All public organisations including the Department of Health (DH) and public providers and commissioners of health and social care services have a duty to promote equality. This website provides guidance on equality, diversity and human rights.
Human Rights Act 1998 Article 8 (Liberty, 2005)Open
This website provides guidance on and interpretation of the Human Rights Act 1998 and how it can be applied. This specific section explores the law in relation to parents with a learning disability who have had their children removed into local authority care.
Human rights: human lives A handbook for public authorities (Department for Constitutional Affairs, 2006)Open
This guide is designed to assist officials in public authorities in implementing the Human Rights Act 1998. It aims to raise awareness of the different rights and freedoms protected by the Human Rights Act and to show with examples the potential human rights impact of delivering services directly to the public and devising new policies and procedures.
Safeguarding children across services: messages from research on identifying and responding to child maltreatment (Davies and Ward, 2011)Open
This is an important piece of research that pulls together messages from 15 studies that consider how children can be better safeguarded in three key areas. Practitioners will recognise the messages, however, anyone working within social care will find this information invaluable.
The Munro Review: Final report (2011)Open
A critical piece of work and important for Practitioners to read and consider (including the response by central government) as it will impact on policy and practice for work with children and adults.
Safeguarding adults: Position statement (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), 2006)Open
This paper states that there should be a clear organisational focus on safeguarding adults in vulnerable positions and clear protocols in place in each local authority area for dealing with adults identified as being at risk of abuse. It is essential that every local authority has a Safeguarding Adults Partnership and that partner organisations understand their roles and responsibilities.
Safeguarding adults: a study of the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard adults from abuse (Commission for Social Care Inspection, 2008)Open
This study reported on arrangements in place in England to help prevent the abuse of adults and to support those who experience abuse. The study focused on the effectiveness of these arrangements, rather than the prevalence of abuse. The report found that there is significant variation in the degree of priority shown to safeguarding adults within and across council areas. Council service inspections showed that only about half of local adult safeguarding boards were judged to be working effectively. All boards had representation from the key statutory agencies, although not always of the appropriate level of seniority. GPs, housing and probation services were the least involved. Most safeguarding boards are struggling to find practical ways of engaging people who use services and other local people to inform decision-making about strategic development or service design in respect of safeguarding.
Safeguarding adults with learning disabilities: information for partnership boards (Care Services Improvement Partnership, 2007)Open
The aim of this information pack is to help people who are members of Partnership Boards to better protect adults with learning disabilities in the communities in which they live. It includes suggestions for good practice and sensible actions that Partnership Board members can take themselves and can share with the groups, individuals and agencies that they represent.
Speaking up to safeguard: lessons and findings from the benchmarking advocacy and abuse project (Older People’s Advocacy Alliance, 2009)Open
Advocacy can be a crucial component in the prevention of and protection from abuse. Older people have expressed the need for independent advocacy to be available as a means of empowering and safeguarding them. This report draws on an exploratory project on benchmarking advocacy and abuse. The project was shaped by three broad objectives for learning, research and practice:
- to learn about the impact of advocacy on elder abuse
- to collect information to help develop the evidence base
- to improve practice through joint working.
Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (Department of Health, 2010)Open
This guidance sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. It is a revision of the 2006 guidance following the publication of Lord Laming’s report, The protection of children in England: a progress report, in March 2009. Many of Lord Laming’s recommendations are reflected in or given effect by this revised guidance. It has also been updated to reflect developments in legislation, policy and practice relating to safeguarding children.
Implications of the personalisation agenda on safeguarding older people with dementia and their carers (Social Care Workforce Research Unit, 2010) Open
This presentation explores the implications of the personalisation agenda on safeguarding older people with dementia and their carers.
National Competence Framework for Safeguarding Adults (Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work, Bournemouth University and Learn to Care, 2010)Open
This Framework is a positive step towards establishing more efficient and consistent Safeguarding practice across the country. It has been designed to provide a baseline for standards of competence that individuals can expect to receive from those professionals and organisations who are tasked with Safeguarding Adults. The framework can been seen on p26-34.
Safeguarding children across services: messages from research (Davies, C. and Ward, H. 2012)Open
This report provides an overview of the findings of 15 government-funded research projects and highlights the main implications for all professionals and policy-makers involved in the safeguarding process. The studies were carried out as part of the Safeguarding Children Research Initiative, one of the government responses to the Inquiry following the death of Victoria Climbie. It aims to develop the evidence-base for the development of policy and practice. Main sections cover: evolving safeguarding policy and details of the studies in the Safeguarding Children Research Initiative; identification and initial response to child maltreatment; preventative services; social work interventions to keep children safe; interventions for children and families with additional or complex needs; and providing a context for interagency practice. The final section provides an overview of the principle messages and their implications. The document is relevant for all managers, practitioners, commissioners and policy makers in those agencies working to safeguard children.