As professionals who work with children or vulnerable adults, we know from both national and local learning that too often these services are seen separately, with organisations working in silo.
The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) and Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) know that there are certain areas where services need to work more closely to safeguard the vulnerable young adults who may have additional needs and disabilities, and will move from children’s to adults services as they age.
We have been working hard to find ways where we can bring the focus on child and adult safeguarding together.
To this end, we have recently produced two guidance documents that show how we can provide better safeguarding arrangements for older children and young adults.
The good practice guide for Safeguarding Older Adolescents And Young Adults (16-25) Through Their Transition Years gives advice and guidance to professionals on how to manage the move from different services for older children who may have complex needs.
The Safeguarding Children, Young People and Young Adults with Disabilities Guidance includes children, young people and young adults up to and including the age of 25 who have an impairment including sensory impairment and learning difficulties. Safeguarding children, young people and young adults with disabilities is everyone’s responsibility especially because their vulnerability makes them more susceptible to all forms of abuse than people without impairments.
We hope that we can continue to build on some of the good work that is already happening in Bristol around services working together, and ensure we have effective and joined up multi-agency working.
- Joint Safeguarding Business Unit