December 2021

This page provides a summary of how to use this online South Tyneside Safeguarding Children and Adults Partnership Adult Policies, Procedures and Practice (APPP) site, its supporting resources and main features.


Finding your way around this Resource

This site is structured into different sections.

This site is divided into different sections. On the home page there are three buttons:

  • STSCAP Procedures – which contains policies, procedures and practice guidance for safeguarding adults for the South Tyneside Safeguarding Children and Adults Partnership (STSCAP);
  • Useful Links – which has links to the most commonly used local web pages for South Tyneside staff;
  • Legislation and National Guidance – which has links to relevant information for staff using this APPP.

When you are in the STSCAP Procedures section, there are a number of tabs on the left side of the screen when viewed on larger screens or by clicking on the lined box in the top right corner on smaller screens (such as phones or tablets):

  • Home contains the introduction page of the STSCAP Procedures section. It also includes Using this APPP Resource (this page) which gives information about using this site, and Register with Us to receive notification when this APPP is updated;
  • COVID-19 contains links to Government resources and a list of new and amended chapters as a result of new legislation and national guidance;
  • Contents contains the policies, procedures and practice guidance chapters. These are divided into sections which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Contents’;
  • Resources provides a range of relevant supporting information (see below). The different sections can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow on the right of ‘Resources’;
  • Contact has a contact form for you to send a message to Jackie Nolan, South Tyneside STSCAP Manager, who oversee the coordination of this APPP, should you have a comment or suggestion you wish to make.

Accessibility Options

This site has a number of different options to aid online reading. When you are on the home page, choose ‘Accessibility’ drop down menu on the right side of the screen. There is large text, green, blue or pink backgrounds, yellow text on a black background or you can return to the default setting. You can use large text with any of the other options.

In addition, the site is designed to be accessible for users of text only and screen reader software programs which allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Our content is consistently structured, including headings, which makes using the software on our site easier. Also, when viewed though screen reader software, every page has a ‘Skip to main content’ link which allows software users to go straight to the main content of that page instead of receiving the full navigation options every time. Please share this information with blind or visually impaired colleagues.

Using the APPP Resource on Mobile Phones and Tablets

This resource works well on internet enabled mobile phones and tablets by typing in the weblink in the internet address bar. When used on a mobile phone, the website will immediately convert into a mobile phone friendly version, where the tabs sit behind the Menu button. If it does not work straightaway, tap on the refresh circle in the address bar.

If your phone or tablet has a reader option (it may be an ‘R’ or say ‘Reader’ in the address bar, you may have to install it), tap on it and it will convert the text into a more easy to read version for phones or tablets.


The Resources section contains a number of links and documents to supplement the information in the chapters. It includes

For ease of use, if you can open this website in two tabs next to each other you can click on the Resources section to consult related resources without leaving the chapter you are reading.


If you want to make any changes to any chapters or write a new chapter, please first contact Jackie Nolan, South Tyneside STSCAP Manager, who is the local contact for this APPP, to discuss your ideas.

With each revised edition of your STSCAP APPP, we indicate which chapters are new or have been updated. This information is available in the table below and at the top of each relevant chapter. Where chapters have had specific sections amended, this will be detailed. If there are a number of changes throughout the chapter, it will state that the chapter should be re-read.

2 December 20201

New Chapter Detail
Staff Visits to Care Homes This chapter outlines the new legislation that makes it compulsory for staff entering care homes to be double vaccinated or be medically exempt.
Amended chapter
Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter has been updated as a result of changes to the Coronavirus Act made following its return to Parliament every 6 months for review by MPs. It now contains a summary of the Act.

28 September 2021

Chapter Detail
Amended chapters
Working with Adults with Autism  A link has been added in the scope box to Working with Adults with Autism published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Safeguarding Adult Reviews  This chapter was updated to include the revised South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Review Protocol, in the scope box.
Mental Capacity A link has been amended in the scope box to add to Carrying Out and Recording Capacity Assessments published by 39 Essex Chambers.
Care and Support Planning

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in a Safeguarding Context

These chapters have been amended to add a link in the scope boxes to Culturally Appropriate Care, published by the Care Quality Commission.
Data Protection: Legislation and Guidance This chapter has been amended to reflect the introduction of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (which replaced the European Union GDPR), with additional information included.
Domestic Abuse This chapter has been amended throughout to reflect changes as a result of the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. It was previously called Domestic Violence, Abuse and Coercive Control.
Transition to Adult Care and Support This chapter has been updated to include links in the scope box to Bridging the Gap: Transitional Safeguarding and the Role of Social Work with Adults – A Knowledge Briefing and Children, Young People and Modern Slavery: A Guide for Professionals.
New chapters
Managing Safeguarding Concerns at an Organisational Level This chapter outlines the stages and actions where there are safeguarding concerns at an organisational level in a provider service.
Working with People Living with Frailty This chapter outlines the main issues to be aware of when working with someone who is living with frailty.
Adults in Specific Circumstances A new chapter has been added – Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation affecting Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults.
Research and Report Briefings Click on the link to view the latest short briefings, published by Policy Partners Project.

11 August 2021

Chapter Detail
Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic This chapter has now been removed as DHSC have withdrawn the guidance.

July 2021

Section Detail
Forms, Leaflets and Posters A revised Safeguarding Adult Referral form and MARAC Referral Form have been added, plus a new Safeguarding Enquiry Form.

10 May 2021

Chapter Title
Modern Slavery This chapter has been updated to include the Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation Response Plan.

8 April 2021

Chapter title Detail
Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter was amended to remove the section on NHS and Local Authority Care and Support, as a result of recent changes to the Coronavirus Act.
Care Act Easements This chapter has been deleted as a result of recent changes to the Coronavirus Act.

9 February 2021

Chapter title Detail
Amended chapters
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards This chapter was amended to add a note in the scope box regarding the timetable for replacing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards with Liberty Protection Safeguards.
Forms, Leaflets and Posters This section has been amended to add a revised Safeguarding Adult Review Referral Form and MARAC Referral Form.
New chapters
The Whole Family Approach  This chapter provides guidance about using the Whole-Family Approach in daily practice.
Working with Adults with Autism This chapter provides guidance for staff working with an adult with autism.
Adults who go Missing This new section includes the Missing Adults Protocol; the Acute Missing Patient Protocol; the Herbert Protocol; the Philomena Protocol and the Winnie Protocol.
Safeguarding Training for Staff and Volunteers This chapter was amended to include the Multi-Agency Training Programme April 2021- March 2022 and the Virtual Programme of Safeguarding Training.

29 December 2020

The following changes have been made as a result of updated Government guidance.

Amended chapter
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Section 2.1.1 Best Interests has been amended to reflect updated Government guidance in relation to offering a  vaccine to those who lack the relevant mental capacity.

18 November2020

Chapters have been updated to reflect the name change from South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board to South Tyneside Safeguarding Children and Adults Partnership.

If you wish to make any changes to existing chapters you wish to amend must be copied into Word and amended using track changes. See Making Changes to Chapters for information about how to make amendments in the way we require. It is vital that we are able to see what specific alterations you want us to make; following these instructions is really important, as we don’t want to have to ask you to do it again!

Date of Next Revision

This APPP is usually updated every six months, although there may be more frequent changes made as required. The next routine update therefore will be in March 2022. Please ensure you are Registered with Us to receive update notifications.


Type in the word or phrase you are looking for in the ‘Search’ facility and press ‘Enter’. It will bring up a list of all the chapters where it appears. Click on the one you want. The word / phrase will remain highlighted in the chapter. Use ” marks around the word to narrow your search, for example “Rape Crisis”.

If you want to search for specific text within a chapter or a pdf document, you can also press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘f’ together. A box will appear in the top right of your screen. Type in the word / phrase you want to find and press ‘Enter’. The number of times it appears in the chapter will be displayed next to your word. Use the up and down arrows next to it to find all the references.

Register for APPP Update Notifications

We recommend you ‘Register with Us‘. This enables us to notify you that your APPP resource has been updated, which is usually every six months. By submitting this information, you will only receive email notifications from us in relation to APPP updates and your information will not be given to any third parties.


This STSCAP APPP has been designed to be used as an online resource. It is easier to update a web based facility, and version control is very effectively managed. Reducing or eliminating printing cuts costs, as well as preserving valuable resources.

If you print a chapter, to take to a meeting for example, please note it will have a water mark stating it is valid for 72 hours only and the date it was printed. Whilst APPPs are usually updated every six months, there may be occasions when it is updated urgently as a result of a Safeguarding Adults Review or inspection recommendation, so it is important to be sure that you are using the most recent copy. That is why we recommend that if you have to print a chapter, you no longer refer to it after that time.


The chapter content in this resource can be accessed, downloaded and printed unchanged, on a temporary basis. Any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in part or in whole in any manner or format without the prior written permission of Policy Partners Project Ltd.