Annual Reports and Business Plans
Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2017-2018
Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board
Discussions in relation to the implementation of a Joint Safeguarding Adults Board originated from the Liverpool City Region Strategic Leadership Board recognising the need for greater efficiencies and the avoidance of duplication of work.
A team of Lead Officers from each of the participating geographical presented a proposal to the LCR DASS Strategic Leadership Group and it was agreed to move forward with the proposal
The Combined Merseyside SAB will take effect from 1st April 2017 with the inaugural board taking place on Monday 24th April and will replace all current local arrangements. The new Board will hold the responsibility for meeting the statutory requirements of SAB’s as set out in the Care Act 2014 for all 4 Local Authorities. It is important to note that the new Board arrangements do not change local process and procedure for managing safeguarding concerns.
The Combined SAB is being jointly funded by the 4 Local Authorities, 4 CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and Merseyside Police. The Business Unit to support the management of the Board will be hosted by Wirral Local Authority.
2016 – 2017 SAB Business Plans and Areas requiring continuation
The 2061 – 2017 Business plans for Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral have been reviewed and potential areas for carry over to the new board have been identified. There appears to be three main areas of commonality with some area specific tasks highlighted in Red which need further consideration.
Areas of commonality
- Communication & Engagement Strategy including a Safeguarding Campaign (dignity & respect) and information for the general public
- Making Safeguarding Principles – embedding of approach in all processes, information for service users and families / carers and Voice of Service Users
- Workforce Development and Training Strategy
- Implementations of the ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ model will enable adults who are experiencing harm to fully participate in their safeguarding processes and outcomes will reflect their wishes
- Making Safeguarding Personal is embedded across key agencies and forms an underpinning principle of the work undertaken with adults experiencing abuse and harm
- Gain feedback from existing local user group’s forums etc. Could either feedback directly to the Board of via advisory group
- Undertake Case File audits on a sample of cases and triangulate findings by speaking to the individuals directly to gain their views
- Undertake a Communication campaign to encourage all partners and providers to embed the principles of MSP within their safeguarding work
- Produce information for the general public and those experiencing safeguarding issues in relation to Wirral Safeguarding Procedures and their involvement
- A multi-agency response to self-neglect is developed and implemented
- Review use of advocacy services and identify potential for both promoting accessibility and refining process to ensure optimal use for adults at risk
- Commission mapping exercise and reach final agreement for the appropriate format and content of service user questionnaire in order to capture the voice of the user. Explore the viability of support, both individually and collectively for people who are at risk of abuse or with experience of abuse
- Develop a bespoke programme to ensure all communities have a common understanding of dignity and respect and agree dignity standards across the partnership
- Develop the Safe Haven structure to include partner organisations and assess potential impact on services demonstrating coordinated working and increasing safety for individuals
- Undertake a safeguarding campaign, explore resource neutral opportunities across the partnership to raise the profile of adult safeguarding
- Review the training strategy to ensure it reflects the development needs of all and ensure training and development opportunities are freely accessible
- Develop a Communication and Engagement strategy
- Undertake peer-review assessment of the LSAB to evaluate the effectiveness of the board and identify areas for improvement
- Develop information to provide to service users and their representative on MSP
- Develop workforce strategy
- Develop an agreed protocol with neighbouring authorities around decommissioning services.
- Safeguarding Campaign
- Prevention – ‘The Safeguarding Board has a focus on prevention in all of its activity based on the principle that it is better to take action before harm occurs’
- Service user involvement – Safeguarding services are shaped by the views of people
- MSP – Member organisations ensure that ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ is embedded in all safeguarding activity
- Multi-agency visits – a programme of joint visits to partner organisations to scrutinise safeguarding arrangements
Safeguarding Adults Annual Report published
NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
Regional data available in this report
15 November 2017
A report presenting information about adult safeguarding enquiries during the 2016/17 financial year has been published by NHS Digital.
Safeguarding Adults, Annual Report, England 2016/17provides details of how many safeguarding concerns were raised during the year, how many safeguarding enquiries2 were started and how many were completed within that year under Section 42 of the Care Act 20143.
The report breaks down figures on enquiries by the type, location and source of risk, as well as the outcomes of the enquiries.
It also provides a demographic analysis of those individuals who were the subject of a Section 42 enquiry that started within the year.
This is the second year of the Safeguarding Adults Collection since safeguarding became a statutory duty under the Care Act 2014. For this reason it still has ‘Experimental Statistics’ as its status. Due to changes in terminology and definitions, care must be taken when comparing data in this report to those published in the Safeguarding Adults Report in 2013/14 and 2014/15.
The Safeguarding Adults Collection only includes cases of suspected abuse where a local authority safeguarding service has been notified and has entered details onto their system. It does not include cases where partner agencies have dealt with the allegation and not shared the information with the local authority. It is likely that there are cases of abuse that have not been reported to local authorities.
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