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
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.
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.
BSAB Guidance, polices 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:
BSAB Information Sharing Policy
Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has produced the following inter-agency information sharing policy for use by professionals.
BSAB 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
BSAB 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.
BSAB 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.
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.
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.