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National Guidance - Adults

Policies, procedures and guidance documents developed by the KBSP are designed for use in a multi-agency environment. Professionals should abide by their own agency guidelines as well as national policy.

All local and national safeguarding arrangements should be aligned with the following:

The Care Act 2014 and The Care Act Support Guidance. This is the relevant national legislation regarding safeguarding and safeguarding adults boards (KBSP).

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. Read more about mental capacity in the KBSP procedures.

Safeguarding strategy 2019 – 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.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards / Liberty Protection Safeguards. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) is a law that protects vulnerable adults in hospitals or care homes who might be deprived of their liberty.

After October 2020 this will be replaced by Liberty Protection Safeguards. You can read the KBSP briefing note on LPS here. KBSP LPS briefing note.

ADASS Out of Area Safeguarding Adults Arrangements Guide. The Association of Directors of Social Services has developed guidance around cross-boundary considerations in safeguarding arrangements.

Briefing on Adult Safeguarding and homelessness. The Association of Directors of Social Services and the Local Government Association have put together a briefing on positive practice.