Policies and procedures
The Care Act 2014 sets out the legal framework for protecting adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
You can read more about the Care Act and safeguarding on the Department of Health website.
A London-wide safeguarding adults policy and procedure has also been agreed, which takes into account the Care Act. You can download the London policy and procedures from the bottom of this page. The London policies and procedures set out the guiding principles behind safeguarding adults, how we respond to reports of abuse and guidance and templates for professionals investigating abuse.
Every organisation should have a policy and procedure which sets out its own internal way of tackling abuse. Guidance on developing safeguarding adults policies and procedures can be found on the Department of Health website.
For guidance on how to promote safe recruitment practices in your organisation, download our 'Safer Recruitment' document in the link below. We also have a policy which sets out the council's policy on self-directed support and risk management.
People who work with adults at risk - Whistleblowing
Are you worried that a colleague or professional has abused or neglected a vulnerable adult? Perhaps you have seen that someone's care isn't good enough? Maybe you have noticed that the organisation you work for has poor practice which puts adults at risk?
It is important to report your concerns to your line manager. If you are unhappy with your manager's response, or you do not feel able to approach them, then please contact the Social Services Access Service on 0207 527 2299 or email email@example.com.
Although you might feel worried about reporting your colleagues, remember it is difficult for some adults to report abuse themselves. They rely on you to help them.
For reassurance that you are doing the right thing, check your organisation's whistle-blowing policy. You can also contact Public Concern at Work for confidential advice. For more information about what standards of care a vulnerable adult should receive, see the Care Quality Commission's guidance.
Safeguarding Adults Board
All the different organisations that are involved in safeguarding adults in Islington have formed a partnership. This is to make sure that these different organisations work together to safeguard adults at risk.
The Safeguarding Adults Board oversees the different ways we are improving safeguarding adults. The Board is chaired by an independent chair, James Reilly.
Our vision is to 'improve safety and people's feelings of safety by promoting the right of all who are vulnerable to live free from abuse and neglect'.
To do this, the Board makes sure we're accountable for what we do, we meet national and local standards and we communicate with the people of Islington.
The Board ensures vulnerable adults maintain independence while staying safe from harm, our staff are trained and good at working with adults and we learn from local experience and national policy.
Safeguarding Adults reviews
Sometimes, a case of abuse or neglect can be so serious that we hold a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR).
Some examples of when this is required are when someone has died, when a person has been seriously injured or impaired or where abuse appears to be part of how an institution works.
An SAR is not an enquiry into the incident. It is a way to make sure that we learn from the incident and our policies, procedures and practice improve.
Professionals and carers training
Safeguarding adults is about helping adults at risk to live free from abuse and neglect. We offer training to enable you to improve your skills and knowledge.
Research governance in social care
Research governance is a set of standards developed by the Department of Health to ensure good practice when conducting research. It checks that research proposals are ethical, safe and appropriate.