The guidance has been commented upon and strengthened by an advisory group that includes people with care and support needs and carers, Department of Health officials, representatives of Making Safeguarding Personal – a sector-led initiative which aims to develop an outcomes focus to safeguarding work – and professionals from the health sector, housing, the police and social work and social care.
View SCIE’s information on SABs, Safeguarding Adults Reviews and sharing safeguarding information under the Care Act 2014.
All action taken and decisions made should be clearly recorded.
Adult services departments should take the lead coordinating role in safeguarding adults who may be at risk.
If abuse or neglect takes place in a service such as a care home, home care agency, day centre, hospital or college, the first responsibility to act lies with the employing organisation as the provider of the service.
It does not address strategic commissioning issues or discuss the role of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs).
The local authority needs to be satisfied that the service provider is responding adequately, and may need to carry out an enquiry of its own and oversee any follow-up action.
It may, for example, advise that the service provider notifies the Care Quality Commission, the Disclosure and Barring Service or the relevant professional regulator (where there is one).
Adult safeguarding duties apply in whatever setting people live, with the exception of prisons and approved premises such as bail hostels.
They apply regardless of whether or not someone has the ability to make specific decisions for themselves at specific times.