Joint Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures
In 2015 we worked closely with authorities in West Yorkshire to adopt a policy and procedure that promotes the values of empowerment from making safeguarding personal.
The new policy and procedure reflects the changes in the Care Act and should ensure staff and volunteers understand what abuse is and how to respond to concerns. The procedure seeks to promote strong partnership arrangements by:
- Providing a framework for multi-agency working and partnership;
- Providing a framework for recognising and taking action to prevent the abuse of adults at risk;
- Defining the responsibilities of partner organisations in responding to safeguarding adult concerns/allegations;
- Providing common values, principles and practice that underpin the safeguarding of adults at risk;
- Identifying the different types of abuse, signs, symptoms and indicators;
- Highlight the importance of Making Safeguarding Personal; and
- Setting standards of practice that safeguard adults at risk.
Managing Concerns around People in Positions of Trust (PiPoT) with adults who have Care and Support Needs.
This policy relates to those instances where a relevant agency is alerted to information that may affect the suitability of a professional, or volunteer to work with an adult(s) at risk, where such information has originated from activity outside their professional or volunteer role and place of work. The alleged victim, in such circumstances, does not have to be an adult at risk, for example, it could be their partner or a child. This document refers to when there is an allegation, which does not directly involve an adult at risk, but may have risk implications in relation to the employment or volunteer work of a PiPoT.
A PIPOT allegation relates to a person who works with adults with care and support needs who has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed an adult or child
- possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, an adult or child
- behaved towards an adult or child in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to adults with care and support needs.
What is excluded from this policy?
If an allegation is made that concerns the actions of a professional, or volunteer which relates to alleged abuse or neglect of a person with care and support needs, then such an allegation should be responded to, by following the Joint Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures (West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and City of York). This procedure include directions about how concerns referred and investigated.
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Safeguarding Adults Pressure Ulcer Protocol and Guidance
Pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality and experience of care. Those at risk of pressure ulcers are cared for in many different settings across health and social care including their own home. We know that many pressure ulcers are preventable and when they occur they can have a profound affect on the overall wellbeing of patients affecting many aspects of their life and can be both painful and debilitating.
The aim of the Pressure Ulcers and Safeguarding Adults Guidance is to provide a locally agreed response in line with the overarching Safeguarding Adults Protocol – Pressure Ulcers and the interface with a Safeguarding enquiry, both of which can be downloaded from the links below and from our Resource Library.
City of York & North Yorkshire Self Neglect Practice Guidance
The City of York and North Yorkshire Self Neglect document outlines Practice Guidance for dealing with issues and concerns and of self-neglect in relation to adults with care and support needs.
The Guidance should be read alongside the Joint area Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures (West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and City of York)
A self neglect presentation has also been developed in conjunction with the practice guidance with the intention of this being delivered within organisations.
PLEASE NOTE – The guidance is being shared on our website to start raising awareness of the Self Neglect practice however this has not yet been implemented in North Yorkshire but will be in the near future.