All Merseyside multi-agency Safeguarding Adults policies & procedures can be found below.
Please note that the current procedures are being revised and will be posted on here under ‘new procedures’ once they have been agreed and signed up to by all partners.
Letter from the co-chairs of Liverpool’s Safeguarding Adults Board
Welcome to Liverpool’s safeguarding adults policy and procedure.
We have recently been reviewing and updating the safeguarding adults procedures to reflect the Care Act 2014 which came into force on 1 April 2015. The Care Act is the first statutory framework for safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
The principle that underlies the Care Act is that of promoting the wellbeing of individuals, and of making sure that professionals always recognise that each person’s needs are different, and respond accordingly. The Care Act makes it very clear that it is the person not the process that determines how safeguarding is taken forward by professionals.
We are committed to promoting the wellbeing of adults and preventing abuse and neglect. When abuse does take place it will be dealt with swiftly, effectively and in ways which are proportionate to the issues that have been identified with the person’s chosen outcomes at the heart of safeguarding.
This policy and procedures explains how agencies and individuals will work together to support and safeguard adults with care and support needs who are experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect and as a result are unable to protect themselves. Please click on the link below:
Care Act 2014 Statutory Guidance
The Care Act statutory guidance ( revised March 2016) details the responsibilities of all agencies working with Adults with Care and Support Needs. The guidance can be accessed via this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/care-and-support-statutory-guidance/safeguarding
Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Information Sharing Protocol
Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of *adults, and is an intrinsic part of any front line practitioner’s job when working with adults. The decision is how much information to share, with whom and when. Information sharing can have a profound impact on individuals’ lives.
* The adult experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect will hereafter be referred to as the adult throughout this document.
Fears about information sharing cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults. The aim of this section is to give all staff in every partner organisation under the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board umbrella, key points to keep in mind when making information sharing decisions. If you need more information when making your information sharing decision, you should read the rest of this document, speak with your manager and consult the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure. When making your information sharing decision, you should keep the following points in mind:
Seven golden rules for information-sharing
- Remember that the Data Protection Act (DPA) is not a barrier to sharing information but provides a framework to ensure that personal information about living persons is shared appropriately
- Be open and honest with the person (and/or their family where appropriate) from the outset about why, what, how and with whom information will, or could be, shared, and seek their agreement,
- unless it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so
- Seek advice if you are in any doubt, without disclosing the identity of the person where possible
- Share with consent where appropriate and, where possible, respect the wishes of those who do not consent to share confidential information. You may still share information without consent if, in your judgement, that lack of consent can be overridden in the public interest. You will need to base
- your judgement on the facts of the case
- Consider safety and wellbeing: base your information-sharing decisions on considerations of the safety and wellbeing of the person and others who may be affected by their actions
- Necessary, proportionate, relevant, accurate, timely and secure: ensure that information you share is necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it, is shared only with those people who need to have it, is accurate and up to date, is shared in timely fashion, and is shared securely
- Keep a record of your decision and the reasons for it – whether it is to share information or not. If you decide to share, then record what you have shared, with whom and for what purpose.
Please click on this link for the full document: