Safeguarding Adults - information for professionals and volunteers
Please see our dedicated page about safeguarding adults and coronavirus.
If you work with adults who need protection, or additional help and support, either paid or voluntarily, this is where you'll find multi agency policies, procedures, organisational guidance, templates and training information to support your safeguarding role.
The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) makes sure that all organisations work closely together, using the same multi-agency policies and procedures, to protect and prevent abuse of adults at risk. Professionals should refer to the multi-agency safeguarding adults policy and procedures to inform their actions when there is a concern about abuse or neglect. Professionals may also wish to consult the NSAB Safeguarding Adults Risk Threshold Tool to inform their decision-making.
Safeguarding adults referrals should be made when you have a concern that an adult:
- has needs for care and support; AND
- is experiencing or is at risk of abuse and neglect; AND
- As a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect.
Referrals can be made in the following ways:
- By completing the Online Referral Form
- By completing the Safeguarding Adults Initial Enquiry Form
Referrals do not need to be out of hours unless there is an urgent or emergency social care need.
During Covid-19 it is especially important that referrers are clear about the risks, actions taken to manage immediate risks and any informal support the adult at risk might have, especially if the person is unable to represent themselves in the safeguarding adults process.
The Out of Hours service can be contacted on Telephone: 0191 278 7878.
The Safeguarding Adults Unit is the specialist team within the Local Authority responsible for safeguarding adults. They provide advice and guidance to professionals from all organisations. The professionals Advice Line (Telephone: 0191 278 8156) is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Please note that this is an advice service only and safeguarding adults referrals are not made directly to this team. All safeguarding adults referrals should be made to Community Health and Adult Social Care Direct (Telephone: 0191 278 8377) or the allocated Social Worker.
Advice can be given on a range of safeguarding adults related areas, including: individual cases, best practice, and policy and procedures (including Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards).
The Advice Line is not a duty or emergency system and it can not be guaranteed that a Safeguarding Manager will be available to be spoken to immediately. The protocol is that information related to the advice request is left with admin support who then pass this on to a Safeguarding Manager. This allows for case screening/allocation and prioritisation.
The Safeguarding Adults Unit does not have involvement in all safeguarding adults concerns that are raised with the Local Authority. The Safeguarding Adults Unit are only involved in the following cases:
- Organisational or paid worker cases. For example, cases where the alleged perpetrator is a paid worker or the concern is about institutional/organisational abuse;
- Complex cases. For example, cases involving multiple victims and/or perpetrators, cases of sexual exploitation, forced marriage, honour-based violence or modern slavery.
**As a result of Covid-19 there will be no face-to-face training until further notice.** People can continue to access e-learning. If you have any specific learning and development needs during this time, please contact the Safeguarding Adults Unit - SafeGuardingAdultsTraining@newcastle.gov.uk or 0191 278 8156
Professionals who come into contact with adults with care and support needs should complete safeguarding adults training at least every three years. Free multi agency training is offered by the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board to all organisations providing a service within Newcastle. This training is based on the multi-agency safeguarding adults policy and procedures and reflects the changes to safeguarding adults as a result of the Care Act (2014).
The NSAB and NSCB Capability Framework outlines the minimum standards for safeguarding training and provides guidance to staff and managers around accessing appropriate levels of learning and demonstrating understanding.
All staff and volunteers should understand what is meant by adult abuse and how to raise any concerns they may have that an adult at risk has been abused. This understanding is achieved via Basic Awareness training (Level 1). We offer a range of options for accessing Basic Awareness training:
- Multi agency face to face sessions;
- E-learning - this includes Basic Awareness training, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards training, which is provided by Virtual College;
- Workbooks - this option allows staff and volunteers to complete Level 1 training at their own pace with support from a line manager. If you need more information you can contact the Safeguarding Adults Learning and Development Officer for advice;
- In-house - organisations can provide in-house training at Level 1. The training must follow the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board Learning and Development Competency Framework. If you currently deliver Level 1 training in-house, you can contact the Safeguarding Adults Learning and Development Officer who can support you to ensure the training meets the required competencies.
Training beyond Basic Awareness (Level 1) should be accessed via the Newcastle Adults Safeguarding Board Training Programme 2020 – 2021. These courses include:
- Responding to Abuse (Level 2);
- Role of the Designated Safeguarding Adult Manager (Level 3);
- Risk Assessment and Management Plan;
- Training for Trustees and Management Committee Members;
- Thematic Workshops
To learn more about which modules might be appropriate to your role and find out which courses are available over the coming months please download the Newcastle Adults Safeguarding Board Training Programme 2020 – 2021.
The Safeguarding Adults Unit may be able to provide specialist training if requested, including training for trustees and management committees. Please contact the Learning and Development Officer for further information.
Telephone: 0191 211 4881
For advice about Safeguarding Adults training, to access the workbook, arrange bespoke courses or accredit in-house training please contact the Safeguarding Adults Learning and Development Officer.
Telephone: 0191 211 4881
The Safeguarding Adults Unit (SAU) is the specialist team within the Local Authority responsible for safeguarding adults. In addition to providing advice and guidance to professionals from all organisations, other services and support are offered by the Safeguarding Adults Unit:
- Learning and Development - The SAU provides a range of different learning and development opportunities that are available free of charge to any organisation working or volunteering with adults with care and support needs in Newcastle. They range from a basic awareness level through to service manager level. Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards training is also managed via the Safeguarding Adults Unit;
- The SAU can also provide one-off learning and development opportunities to specific groups on request. This is subject to availability and capacity within the Unit. In the past this has included training for: interpreters, trustees, and service users;
- Attendance at events/meetings - The SAU has a role to promote its work and raise awareness of the abuse of adults at risk and what can be done to stop it. Staff within the Unit are therefore keen to attend events, conferences or meetings to talk about safeguarding adults. We are also equipped to have stands/stalls at information giving events or fairs. This is subject to availability and capacity within the Unit;
- Posters, leaflets and other promotional materials - The SAU have a number of different publications that can be used by any organisation to increase awareness about safeguarding adults, mental capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. These can be requested from the Safeguarding Adults Unit.
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Safeguarding Adults Practice Guidance, Templates and Tools
The following documents have been produced to help professionals implement the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board's multi-agency safeguarding adults policy and procedures.
A-Z of documents
- Carers Risk Assessment Tool
- Carers Risk Assessment Tool Guidance
- Care to Care - Best Practice Standards for Transfers of Care
- Covid-19 - Self-isolating and Safeguarding Adults information
- Covid-19 - Social Isolation and Safeguarding Adults Guidance
- Covid-19 - Volunteers and Safeguarding Adults information
- Cultural Competence Guidance
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Leaflet
- Domestic violence and abuse flow-chart
- Domestic violence and abuse practice guidance
- Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) referral form
- Information Sharing Agreement (NSAB)
- Information Sharing Record Form
- Information Sharing Request Form
- Investigation report form
- Leaflet - a leaflet for the public about safeguarding adults
- Learning disability and learning difficulty guidance in a safeguarding context.
- Making Safeguarding Personal virtually or remotely
- Medication Incident Protocol
- MCA 1 Form (Mental Capacity Act Assessment form)
- MCA 2 Form (Best interest decision-making form)
- Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Guidance
- Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
- Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
- MARAC risk checklist (Safe Lives DASH)
- MARAC referral form
- Physical intervention or restraint and safeguarding adults
- Plain English guide to safeguarding adults
- Policy and procedure template
- Preventative strategies
- Principles of Engagement Poster
- Principles of Engagement Video
- Safeguarding Adults Initial Enquiry Form (multi agency referral form)
- Self-neglect practice guidance
- Service user on service user abuse
- Sexual exploitation procedural flowchart
- Sexual exploitation risk assessment checklist
- Skin damage decision-making tool
- Skin damage protocol
- Supporting people at risk practice guidance
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