Safeguarding Professional policies, procedures and guidance
Professionals should use this page to refer to the different types of guidance applicable to safeguarding adults. The different types of document are defined below:
Policy: A policy sets out the organisations position (i.e. its shared beliefs, organisational intentions and commitments) and is a set of ideas or plan of what we should, or would do, in a particular situation.
Strategy: Strategies are about the way organisations intend to do things to help achieve a specific aim in a planned, coherent and coordinated way. A strategy would be supported by an implementation plan.
Procedures: Procedures describe how a policy will be put into action and should outline who will do what; what steps to take and which forms and documents to use.
Protocol: Procedures should be done by protocol. A protocol defines a set of operational procedures to ensure that there is a well- defined way of doing a particular task or range of tasks often informed by past experience.
Practice Guidance: Guidance provides information on how to act in a situation. It often refers to what is good or best practice and provides contextual information or addresses the question of ‘why?’ specified actions may be required. Practice guidance is not the same as statutory guidance which sets out what organisations must do to comply with the law.
Pathway: A Pathway is a way of achieving specified results or a course of action.
The Care Act 2014
All professionals should be aware of The Care Act 2014 and its relevance to adult safeguarding.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005
The MCA helps and protects people who have limited mental capacity to make decisions. This includes people who have limited capacity due to illness, injury or disability. The MCA aims to help these people to make decisions or to be involved in decisions as much as possible
The theme of Stop Adult Abuse Week 2019 is the Mental Capacity Act. Read the flyer here: Stop Adult Abuse Week 2019
Mental Capacity and Self neglect (developed by BANES LSAB)
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is a law that protects vulnerable adults in hospitals or care homes who might be deprived of their liberty.
Safeguarding strategy 2019 to 2025: Office of the Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has a role in supporting and providing safeguarding to the adults at risk who we come into contact with.
We support the principle that, even if our safeguarding duties do not apply, it’s our business to work with the right agencies, to protect adults at risk.
This strategy sets out how we will achieve this.
Local Guidance and Resources
The below documents have not been developed solely by the BSAB but are applicable regionally or to single partner agencies:
Joint Safeguarding Adults Policy
Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has signed up to the following regional Safeguarding Adults Multi-Agency policy alongside four other Local Authorities.
South West ADASS Learning from SARs
In October 2017 the above report was completed by Michael Preston-Shoot for South West Region Safeguarding Adults Boards and presented to the ADASS Conference.
You can find out more about Safeguarding Adults Reviews here.
Bristol Sexual Violence Forum (BSVFS)
Social Care Institute For Excellence Resources
Tools for managers, commissioners, frontline practitioners, people who use services and carers about social care support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex or who hold identities such as non-binary.
ADASS Safeguarding Adults Policy Network Guidance
Guidance for inter-authority safeguarding adults enquiry and protection arrangements.
Building the Bridge is the organisation that works to keep Bristol communities safe from radicalisation and violent extremism. Below are leaflets for both professionals and the public that lets you know what help and information is available where you have a concern that someone is vulnerable to radicalisation.
Other information and resources related to extremism and community safety can be found below:
BSAB Guidance, policies and procedures
BSAB policies and procedures are developed with multi-agency input and agreed by the full Board.
Resolution of Professional Disagreements in Work Relating to the Safeguarding of Adults at Risk
Where there is a professional disagreement this should be resolved between the relevant parties. Where this is not possible the BSAB procedure should be followed:
Information Sharing Policy
Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has produced the following inter-agency information sharing policy for use by professionals.
Guidance for agencies working with adults at risk
All professionals who work with adults at risk must follow the BSAB guidance for recognising and reporting safeguarding concerns.
People in positions of trust
Guidance for managing concerns with people who are in a position
Multi Agency Guidance on Self Neglect
Multi Agency Guidance for dealing with adults with care and support needs where there are concerns of Self Neglect.
Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy
The Care Act 2014 places a duty on local safeguarding adult’s boards to develop and implement a clear strategy around the prevention of abuse or neglect of adults at risk.
Prevention is one of the core principles of safeguarding.
The BSAB Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy aims to raise awareness and to promote an outcomes approach in safeguarding adults that results in the best experience possible.
Organisational Abuse and conducting large scale investigations
These guidelines outline what the Multi-Agency response should be when there are concerns are about an organisation. Large scale investigations will involve a wide range of agencies concerned with both the protection of individual adults and quality of care issues.
Multi Agency Pathways for Adults in Bristol
This document outlines the pathways to referral that all agencies can use to safeguard adults with different vulnerabilities. It includes information on how to identify the correct pathway, relevant policies, and how to make a referral.
Information about Mate Crime
Mate Crime is a type of abuse where people exploit friendships with vulnerable adults.
Brandon Trust holds workshops on how disabled people and staff can recognise mate crime. Read the Flyer for Disability Hate and Mate Crime Workshop . They have also produced a Film and accompanying Guide of Disability Hate Crime.
In 2018 the BSAB published a Thematic Mate Crime Review into the prevalence of Mate Crime in Bristol. You can read the full report here.
Policies developed jointly with BSCB
Joint Perinatal Mental Health Protocol
This protocol has been developed jointly between the BSCB and BSAB
The purpose of this protocol is to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the systems and pathways in place within Bristol. It will address the importance of professionals taking collective responsibility for the woman, her baby and the family, and responding effectively to concerns around Perinatal Mental Health.
Joint Integrated Supervision Good Practice Guide and Tools
This Good Practice Guide has been developed jointly for BSCB and BSAB. The aim of this guide is to promote and develop a culture that values and engages in regular safeguarding supervision. It is intended to provide an overarching framework for all staff working in multi-agency organisations across Bristol.
Multi Faith Guide
A guide to Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding for Faith Based Establishments. Jointly produced by the BSCB and BSAB, adopted from Faith Associates, Birmingham City Council.
Joint Safeguarding Children, Young people and young adults with disabilities
Safeguarding children, young people and young adults is everyone’s responsibility especially because their vulnerability makes them more susceptible to all forms of abuse than people without impairments. It is important that professionals identify low level risks and ensure that they are managed through multi agency early support so there is early intervention and prevention to minimise the risk and harm that could occur.
Safeguarding Older Adolescents And Young Adults (16-25)Through Their Transition Years
Older Adolescence and Young Adulthood are important developmental periods. Often the needs of these age groups are only understood through the experience of ‘Transitions’ as children move into adult services. Transition is defined as ‘A purposeful and planned process of supporting young people to move from children's to adults' services.’
Agencies in Bristol both statutory and voluntary such as health and social care, youth services, charities, housing, education, benefits and employment agencies must meet the challenge to map their work with others, and, develop cooperation among each other whilst involving the young person and their families. This documents provides a good practice guideline for agencies involved in transitions.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005
The MCA helps and protects people who have limited mental capacity to make decisions. This includes people who have limited capacity due to illness, injury or disability. The MCA aims to help these people to make decisions or to be involved in decisions as much as possible. National guidance can be found below.
Mental Capacity Act - briefing note
Bristol and other LSABs in the South West have developed resources to support professional understanding of the MCA for use in their working practice:
The application and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act is the focus of Stop Adult Abuse Week 2019.