1. Scope of this Adult Policies, Procedures and Practice Resource

This Adult Policies, Procedures and Practice (APPP) Resource covers:

  • the legislative requirements and expectations on individual services to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of adults in the exercise of their respective functions, relating to adults with needs for care and support and carers; and
  • a framework for South Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board to monitor the effective implementation of policies and procedures.

2. Safeguarding Duty

The safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect

The adult experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect will hereafter be referred to as ‘the adult’ throughout the APPP.

3. Supplementary Guidance and Information

The chapters in this APPP should be read in conjunction with:

This APPP embeds relevant national developments including Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS Accountability and Assurance Framework’ (2015) which outlines the roles and responsibilities of the health service. It also takes account of national initiatives about housing and safeguarding and draws on the commitment for organisations to work together championed by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

It is steered by the personalisation of health and adult social care through the national Making Safeguarding Personal programme (see Making Safeguarding Personal chapter). This arose following feedback from many people who had used safeguarding services, reporting that they felt they were being driven through a process and felt out of control. The shift in culture, by developing a personalised approach to supporting people, is a shared vision for all organisations working with adults who may be or are at risk of abuse and neglect.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is pertinent throughout this document, and staff should ensure that all decisions and actions are taken in line with the requirements of the Act.

Reference to key documents and resources are made throughout in particular: