Bristol Sexual Violence Forum

Care Act 2014

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Escalation procedure

Information Sharing

Mate Crime

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Multi Faith Guide

Organisational Abuse and conducting large scale investigations

Out of Area Safeguarding Adults Arrangements Guide

Pathways for safeguarding adults

People in positions of trust

Perinatal Mental Health - Joint BSAB and BSCB

Pressure ulcers: National safeguarding adults protocol (Chief Social Worker's blog and BSAB news item)


Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy

Safeguarding Adults Policy - Regional Multi-agency

Safeguarding Children, Young people and young adults with disabilities - Joint BSAB and BSCB

Safeguarding Older Adolescents through Transitions - Joint BSAB and BSCB

Safeguarding Adult Reviews

Self Neglect

Supervision (Integrated) Joint Good Practice Guide and Tools

Think Family Approach

Working with adults at risk


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. 


National Guidance

The Care Act 2014

All professionals should be aware of The Care Act 2014 and its relevance to adult safeguarding.

The Care Act 2014

Care and Support Guidance

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

Mental Capacity Act Codes of Practice

Making Decisions: A guide for people who work in Health and Social Care

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.

DoLS Code of Practice

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.

Joint Safeguarding Adults Policy

South West ADASS Learning from SARs

This report asks the question - What difference does legislation make? Adult safeguarding through the lens of Serious Case Reviews and Safeguarding Adults Reviews

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)

Sexual Violence Forum referral form

BSVF confidentiality agreement

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.

Out Of Area Safeguarding Adults Arrangements Guide


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.

PREVENT leaflet - Professionals

PREVENT leaflet - Public

Other information and resources related to extremism and community safety can be found below:

Useful resources related to Terrorism

Keeping Muslims safe online

Further Information on community safety

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:

BSAB escalation procedure

BSAB Escalation Procedure Monitoring Form

Information Sharing Policy

Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has produced the following inter-agency information sharing policy for use by professionals.

BSAB Information Sharing Policy

Quick guide to information sharing

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.

BSAB Guidance for agencies working with adults at risk.

People in positions of trust

Guidance for managing concerns with people who are in a position
of trust.

Guidance: People in positions of trust

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.

Multi Agency Guidance Self Neglect

Clutter scale rating chart

Self Neglect Leaflet

Avon Fire and Rescue toolkit

Community Care: Self-neglect and someone to safeguard – Elsie’s story

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.

BSAB Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy 2016

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 Guidance on Organisational/Institutional Abuse and conducting Large Scale Investigations

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.

Multi Agency Pathways for Adults in Bristol

Information about Mate Crime

Mate Crime is a type of abuse where people exploit friendships with vulnerable adults.

BSAB Mate Crime Leaflet

Friend or Fake

Getting Away With Murder

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 Perinatal Mental Health Protocol

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.

Joint Integrated Supervision Good Practice Guide and Tools

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.

Multi Faith Guide

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.

Joint BSAB and BSCB multi agency guidance for Safeguarding Children, Young people and young adults with disabilities

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.

Joint BSAB and BSCB Multi Agency Good Practice Guide for Safeguarding Older Adolescents and Young Adults (16-25) through their transition years

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