December 2020


Click on COVID-19 to see a list of the chapters affected by legislation and national guidance published as a result of coronavirus / COVID-19.

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.

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!

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.

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.

28 October 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 This chapter was amended to reflect updated Government guidance. New information has been marked Additional Guidance – October 2020.

24 September 2020: additional amendments

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter was amended to reflect updated Government guidance regarding carrying out face to face assessments and professional visits. This new information has been marked ‘Additional Guidance – September 2020’.
Care Act Easements: Summary  This chapter has been amended to reflect changes in the Care Act Easements guidance, that is reference to advocates.

5 September 2020

Amended chapters and sections
Title Detail
Safeguarding Adult Reviews This chapter was updated to include the revised South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Review Protocol.
Working with Providers: Overview This chapter has been updated as a result of local review.
Provider Concerns Process This chapter has been updated as a result of local review.
Local Contacts The name of the Safeguarding Adults Team has been changed to the Let’s Talk Team. The email address and telephone numbers have also been updated.

July 2020 – additional amendments:

Chapter  Detail
Amended chapters
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This chapter has been updated with additional guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Death of a Worker in Social Care  This chapter was amended throughout as a result of updated Government guidance.

July 2020

Chapter title Detail
Amended chapters
Making Safeguarding Personal Links were added to the Making Safeguarding Personal Toolkit published by the Local Government Association and to Making Safeguarding Personal Case Studies 2018/19 published by the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
County Lines: Criminal Exploitation of Adults Appendix 1: Posters was added with links to Home Office published posters for different sectors.
Carers A link was added to Supporting Adult Carers published by NICE.
Dementia: Practice Guidance Section 1, Introduction has been updated in relation to statistics and links and a link to Dementia Friends website added in the scope box.
Supervision: Social Workers involved in Safeguarding Enquiries A link has been added in the scope box to Effective Supervision in a Variety of Settings published by SCIE.
Working Together to Safeguard Children and Adults  This chapter was updated to reflect the national change from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to Safeguarding Children Partnerships.
Local Contacts These have all been checked and updated as required.
New chapter
Cuckooing This chapter discusses ‘cuckooing‘, which is the term for professional criminal gangs targeting the homes of adults who they have identified as vulnerable. It provides information about victims, perpetrators, signs and what action to take if cuckooing is suspected.
Quick Reads and Audio Summaries Some chapters have summaries (Quick Read) and Audios which provide key information for staff who do not need to know the full detail of the chapter. They are located at the top of the relevant chapter. A full list can be found in Quick Reads and Audios, in Resources.

May 2020: Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update 

Chapter title Detail
New chapters
Coronavirus Act 2020 This chapter outlines the changes implemented from 25 March 2020 that impact on adult social care services and partners.
Responding to COVID-19: The Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care This chapter is a summary of the framework, published by the UK Government. It intends to provide support to ongoing response planning and decision-making to ensure that consideration is given to specific ethical values and principles when organising and delivering social care for adults. It applies to local authorities and the wider health and care workforce.
Care Act Easements Guidance: Summary This is a summary of the Government guidance outlining which Care Act duties may change under the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic This is a summary of the guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, with additional case law examples.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Informing the Department of Health and Social Care of the Death of a Worker in Social Care This chapter outlines the process for informing DHSC. (Added in June 2020.)
Amended chapters
The information in the chapters listed below has been affected by the changes implemented by the UK Government and other organisations. There is a box at the top of the chapter outlining the changes with links. The main text in the chapter has not been changed.
The Care Act 2014
Care and Support Planning
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Disclosure and Barring
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in a Safeguarding Context
Homelessness: Legislation and South Tyneside Services
Integration, Cooperation and Partnerships
Making Advance Decisions
Managing Risk
Market Shaping and Commissioning of Adult Care and Support
Mental Health Act 1983
Safer Recruitment and Employment
Adult Safeguarding Process: Overview
Stage 2: Enquiry
Transition to Adult Care and Support
Additional guidance
Data Protection Act 2018
South Tyneside Information Sharing Protocol
Modern Slavery
No Recourse to Public Funds
Prisons, Approved Premises and Bail Accommodation

Date of Next Revision

This APPP is usually updated every six months. The next revision will be available, therefore, in January 2021.


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.