Department of Health
Published: 16 May, 2014
guidance on adult safeguarding
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A draft template for the strategic plan for Safeguarding Adult Boards would be of interest.
Yes, the draft template will provide Local Authorities with guidance on the scope and nature that need to be addressed in the strategy and also it will provide consistency regarding the vision of adult safeguarding in the different LA’s.
YEs – template would be useful as an optional tool or to gguide formulation of local plans
This response is submitted on behalf of the London Safeguarding Adults Network – the group of local authority safeguarding adults lead officers in London.
Yes, we would welcome a template with the proviso that it comes with an explicit statement that use of it is optional.
It would be beneficial for SABs to receive a template for the strategic plan. The template should not be too prescriptive but it should provide SABs with a steer in relation to the key areas to focus on. It will also serve ensure that SABs nationally follow a similar approach but should allow sufficient flexibility for SABs to meet local needs and demands. In Gateshead a strategic assessment / plan is developed each year for SAB, as well as an annual report.
Yes. It would act as a prompt for Boards and would be most useful to assist in the strategic planning process. It would aid with benchmarking.
Yes – A template would ensure that the essential areas were covered and would still allow local issues to be pursued. The common format would help researchers make comparisons.
Also append a glossary of definitions.
And helpful flow charts of actions.
Simple answer, Yes. Any templates would be useful, if they are available why not let all use them, it saves on reinventing, thus saving time and costs.
Yes, it would and in addition we recommend a template be issued with a standard dataset for annual reporting and an annual report template.
A strategic Plan template would certainly promote some much needed national consistency across Safeguarding Adults. However, there would need to be clear parameters to cater for and include any local requirements.
A national template would be very useful.
Nationally is there an opportunity for all Safeguarding Adults Reviews to be pulled together via academic scrutiny and any key themes or lessons to be learnt to be disseminated nationally? This would provide a wider opportunity to learn from these Reviews which should be their role as preventative measures.
SAR’s should be undertaken as a learning exercise inviting engagement as an opportunity to improve adult safeguarding rather than to ascertain and apportion blame. It should be used as a reflective exercise, also is there potential for any national training or accreditation schemes for Independent Reviewers to support and develop this role. The individual responsible for the review needs to consider the manner in which they approach those involved in such traumatic and difficult cases. Additionally SAR’s should be carried out in a timely manner in order to maximize learning opportunities and provide the opportunity to implement recommendations
Yes this could be included and boards could use it if they wish
No. The use of a template would be too prescriptive
No. There has to be a means by which the SAB’s are assessed in terms of their commitment, capacity and capability. The best way to do that is, within the carefully constructed framework of the Care Act, to give them the discretion to make their own minds up about the approach to take and then assess them against their actual performance and best standards in operation. In this way they get ownership of the solutions and not just “another box to tick”, which I feel is all too frequently the “easy way out” that too many of us health and social care professionals take. Let’s not make it easy for ourselves – it’s too important to fall back on the “template”.
Yes but not prescriptive. Should be a trigger for agencies to ensure they are engaging fully. Template should be brief.
No, it will be too rigid and narrow people’s horizons. Could mean people don’t feel ownership of the plan.
Good to have some national consistency
Good to have a baseline for Boards
Yes it would help as it will help benchmarking and ensuring greater consistency across different areas.
Yes, will help benchmarking. Must be a good model and Surrey are happy for their template to be considered
Yes a template would be useful.
A straightforward template – yes. But will there be a central safeguarding database (access only to those working in safeguarding) so potential offenders or vulnerable people moving around different areas, have an increased chance of being picked up?
For guidance and consistency would be helpful.
Yes- for consistency. It would be useful to link this to the national data collection so we could start to develop evidence regarding outcomes.
14.111 What does this really mean with regard to community engagement? It would be useful to have clear roles and links.
A generic template would prove useful around key items of information expected to be included. However it is felt that local information is key for the Board and this should be reflected in any template provided.
The publication of a template would offer a consistent framework nationally, but, with scope for the addition of any locally set priorities as applicable.
A national template (if used) may facilitate benchmarking across Localities and contribute to the information available to inform the adult safeguarding agenda.
No. The members of the SAB should have the ability to do this! Although, if you’re going to assess their plan against criteria, it’d be helpful to provide some guidance or an outline template.