Useful Links & Publications

Parental Disability and Mental Health – Learning from Children’s Serious Case Review

This learning summary uses the example of a child involved in child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire. She was on a child protection plan from birth for neglect, and was on a child protection plan 4 further times before the age of 13 under the categories of neglect and/or emotional abuse. She became looked after when she was 13 by which time her parents had separated.

Both her parents were disabled and had severe and complex disabilities. Details of their disabilities have been removed to protect the child and family’s confidentiality Her father had mental health issues which made him volatile at times. Domestic abuse was a feature of his relationship with his wife and this was known before the child was born.

Professionals were aware that the child had significant caring responsibilities for her disabled parents and she was referred to Children’s Social Care when she was 6 because of this. By the time the child was 11 her father was requiring significant levels of care and his daughter was often caring for him on her own. Parents separated when the child was aged 13.

Learning from an SCR – Parental Disability, Mental Health and CSE (EYES ON DOCUMENT)

Making Safeguarding Personal

The toolkit is set out in a modular format with a summary of key areas. These areas range from models, theories and approaches to skills and areas of specialism that safeguarding practitioners need to be aware of. It can be used as a practitioner guide for pointers on how to respond to individual cases, or as a starting point resource for service development.  It has been designed as a resource that will develop over time and allow updates and amendments to be made as development takes place or innovative and effective practice comes to light.

Making safeguarding Personal – a toolkit for responses (Local Government Association, 2015)

 

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse

This guide is for practitioners and managers in councils and partner agencies engaged in working directly or indirectly with people who have care and support needs, whose circumstances make them vulnerable, and who may also be victims of domestic abuse. Its purpose is to help staff to give better informed and more effective support to people who need an adult safeguarding service because of domestic abuse. It addresses situations where an adult who has care and support needs is being harmed or abused by an intimate partner or close family member in a way which could also be defined as domestic abuse.

Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse – a guide for practitioners

 

Access to adults suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect

This guide clarifies existing powers and legal options relating to access to adults suspected to be at risk of abuse or neglect where access is restricted or denied. It is intended as a source of ready reference rather than as a learning tool, laying out the potential routes to resolution. It is important that social workers and their managers are as clear as possible on which legal powers or options apply to which situations, and in cases of any uncertainty that they consult their senior managers and/or the legal department of the Local Authority. Throughout the guide there are inks to information on the relevant legislation and case law.

Gaining access to an adult suspected to be at risk or abuse or neglect – a guide for social workers and managers in England (SCIE, 2014)

 

Safeguarding adults from harm

This guide is aimed primarily at practitioners working in various settings for organisations involved in safeguarding. But it may also be useful for volunteers and family. It aims to equip practitioners with information about how to assist and safeguard people. Knowing about the legal basis is fundamental, because the law defines the extent and limits of what can be done to help people and to enable people to keep themselves safe.  This guide is intended to serve as a pointer to the law and to how it can be used. It tries to explain the law in reasonably simple terms, so it is selective and does not set out full details of each area of law covered. When it comes to the law, further advice will often be needed, but an awareness of it can help practitioners ask the right sort of question and explore possible solutions.

Safeguarding adults from harm – a legal guide for practitioners (SCIE, 2011)

 

Care Act 2014

The legal framework for the Care Act 2014 is supported by this statutory guidance which provides information and guidance about how the Care Act works in practice. The guidance has statutory status which means that there is a legal duty to have regard to it when working with adults with needs of care and support and carers.

Care Act 2014 Statutory Guidance (Department of Health, 2014)

 

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The legal framework provided by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is supported by this Code of Practice (the Code), which provides guidance and information about how the Act works in practice. The Code has statutory force, which means that certain categories of people have a legal duty to have regard to it when working with or caring for adults who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice

 

Roles and responsibilities

This guidance provides clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the key agencies involved in adult safeguarding. The aim is to ensure that the right things are done by the right people at the right time, working within their own agency and with partners.

Safeguarding – roles and responsibilities in health and care services

 

Information Sharing

This guidance supports good practice in information sharing by offering clarity on when and how information can be shared legally and professionally, in order to achieve improved outcomes. This guidance will be especially useful to support early intervention and preventative work where decisions about information sharing may be less clear than in safeguarding situations.

Information Sharing Guidance (Department of Health)

 

Making Safeguarding Personal

This guide is intended to support councils and their partners to develop outcomes-focused, person-centred safeguarding practice. It was originally drafted to support the 53 councils who signed up to Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) in 2013/14. It has been updated based on their experience. It gives some guidance about how to embark upon and take forward Making Safeguarding Personal in your council if your local area is interested in the approach.

Making Safeguarding Personal Guide 2014

 

Commissioning for Better Outcomes

This guidance outlines standards to support a dynamic process of continuous improvement and, through self-assessment and peer review, to challenge commissioners and their partners, to strengthen and innovate to achieve improved outcomes for adults using social care, their carers, families and communities. The standards are relevant to all aspects of commissioning and service redesign, including decommissioning. The standards have been designed to reflect the improvements that experience has shown are needed, to support the transformation of social care to meet people’s reasonable aspirations, and to support the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

Commissioning for Better Outcomes

 

Prevention in Safeguarding

This guidance outlines a range of methods of preventing the abuse of vulnerable adults, from public awareness campaigns through to approaches that empower the individual to be able to recognise, address and report abuse. In addition, it examines policy and practice guidance and examples of emerging practice.

Prevention in Safeguarding