The Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board held a series of workshops during September and October 2016. These provided them with valuable feedback about current safeguarding practice and the support they are providing for people in Leeds.
They wanted to let the third sector know their plans for how they will take forward this learning. Initially they want to focus on three main areas of concern that were raised:
1) To be clearer on the scope of safeguarding adults
Some people reported that there was sometimes a lack of clarity or agreement around what issues should be responded to within the safeguarding adults procedures. The Board will seek to review their guidance and responsibilities at its next Board Development day in February 2017, with a view to providing clearer guidance for all concerned.
It would be very helpful to have examples of the kinds of common situations where your service finds there is uncertainty or disagreement about whether a safeguarding concern should be reported or responded to within the procedures.
If you have scenarios you would wish to share, please email these to email@example.com.
Please ensure that they are entirely anonymous, do not include any personally identifiable data. This should only be a brief summary of a person’s situation, but be typical of the kinds of situations your organisation experiences.
2) To develop safeguarding practice
They want to make the best use of the skills, knowledge and experiences of services such as yours, to help them define best practice and revise their procedures accordingly. They are planning to hold a further series of workshops to develop best practice together, as a multi-agency partnership.
3) To work more closely with you going forward
Many people, particularly those who work within third sector organisations or regulated services told them that they would welcome regular opportunities to learn about developments in safeguarding and share best practice.
They are committed to doing this better going forward and would welcome your suggestions on how they can best engage with services such as yours.
If you have a view on the best way of doing this, please do let them know by email at Safeguarding.firstname.lastname@example.org.