Safeguarding and You

Friday 19th November 2021

National Safeguarding Week

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Report abuse or concerns about an adult

If you are worried that an adult may be at risk of abuse or harm please contact us by using the anonymous form below.

You will need to complete the online form and have the following information to hand:

  • Their name and address
  • Details about why you are concerned about them
  • Your contact details (only if you are happy to be contacted)

Report a concern about an adult

Referral form for professionals

Safeguarding Adults Concerns – A Brief Guide for Referrers
Purpose of Guidance
This guide sets out key information for organisations and professionals who work with Adults
at Risk, about how and when Safeguarding referrals should be considered and made

Safeguarding Adults Concerns a Brief Guide to Referrers (southampton.gov.uk)

When you spot these signs of abuse, there are ways you can speak out. Do not assume someone else will speak out instead of you.

If you are worried that an adult may be at risk of abuse or harm, contact:

Email: adultsocialcareconnect@southampton.gov.uk
Telephone: 023 8083 3003
Outside of normal office hours: 023 8023 3344

Remember, call 999 if an adult is in immediate danger.

Multi-Agency Policy, Process and Guidance (June 2020)

This document sets out the overarching values and principles all agencies and organisations should be working to, the approaches to be taken to adult safeguarding and the process that explains how agencies and individuals should work together to respond to concerns of abuse and neglect of adults with care and support needs and be able and to put the policy, process and guidance into practice.

Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities

The Care Act 2014 states that local authorities must cooperate with each of its relevant partners, as described in section 6 (7) of the Care Act and those partners must also cooperate with the local authority in the exercise of their functions relevant to care and support including those to protect adults. The statutory guidance to the Care Act (2014) highlights the need for organisations to work together to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect of adults. Collaboration should take place at all the following levels:

• Operational.
• Supervisory line management.
• Practice leadership.
• Strategic leadership within the senior management team.
• Corporate/cross authority.
• Chief officers/chief executives.
• Local authority members and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
• Providers of services.
• Voluntary organisations

The 4LSAB Multi-Agency Guidance on Adult Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities outlines information about the above roles and their responsibilities to help all partners understand how their tole and organisation works together to support adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

 4LSAB Multi-Agency Guidance on Adult Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities (June 2020)

Safeguarding and You

Do you know what your role in safeguarding is?  Safeguarding is for everyone.  It’s not just about knowing your role in an employment setting but also about knowing your role as a human being in everyday life to promote safer cultures in the community.  Today we want to highlight that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and that everyone needs to play their part to create safer cultures effectively.

The Ann Craft Trust’s KnowHow NCVO Safeguarding Hub can be accessed here.

Learn more about your role in safeguarding at the Ann Craft Trust’s website here

Sports and activity clubs are at the centre of communities.  More information more about safeguarding in sport can be found here.

Information for Professionals 

SCEI Safeguarding Videos
Safeguarding adults: helping people to protect themselves from crime
What is the video about?

Care staff can help older people to protect against burglary and feel more confident at home. Practical advice such as using door chains, window locks and asking for identification are simple strategies older people can take to reduce the risk of burglary. In this video, older people who were robbed by distraction burglars and rogue traders are interviewed. They explain the shock, fear and deep disappointment such experiences can cause. Interviews with care staff illustrate this issue can be discussed without being patronising or making a person feel unduly concerned.

Who will find this useful?

Care workers in community settings; trainers of community staff; safety roadshows.

Safeguarding adults: looking out for each other to prevent abuse

What is the video about?

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. The Elders Forum based at the Malcolm X Community Centre in Bristol and the Ivybank House Residential Home in Bath both demonstrate how an open learning environment can encourage older people to speak out if they have seen or experienced abuse.

Who will find this useful?

Managers and front-line workers providing residential and community care.

Safeguarding adults: an independent life after abuse

What is the video about?

The film focuses on the personal story of 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 married and, although his wife unfortunately died some years after their marriage, Philip continues to live a full and independent life.   Warning: This film contains strong language.

Who will find this useful?

Social workers; front-line care workers.

Safeguarding adults: teaching people to protect themselves

What is the video about?

This short film shows how training for people with learning disabilities can help them to protect themselves from abuse. People are helped to recognise what abuse is and to understand that they can and should say no. Each session involves a paid co-trainer who is an adult with learning disabilities. The training has also been adapted for groups of older people, people with physical disabilities and people who misuse substances.

Who will find this useful?

People working with people who are vulnerable to abuse; people working with people with communication problems.

Visit the SCEI website for more e-learning.