Multi-agency policy and procedures

Safeguarding in the UK is governed by the Care Act 2014. Under this legislation local authorities are required to:

  • make enquiries, or ensure others do so, if it believes an adult is, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • set up a Safeguarding Adults Board
  • arrange, where appropriate, for an independent advocate
  • cooperate with each of its relevant partners and supply information
  • carry out safeguarding adult reviews

These duties apply in relation to any person who is aged 18 or over and at risk of abuse or neglect because of their needs for care and support. To support those who work with adults at risk the Board’s Policy and Procedures document set outs the roles and responsibilities of different organisations and those agencies should work together to effectively safeguarding adults. Please download our local policy and procedures document to ensure you know what is expected of you and how we can work together to safeguarding adults with care and support needs.

WSAB Policy and Procedures – updated in July 2019

WSAB Escalation policy

We know from the reviews the Board has conducted the importance of challenge and escalation in safeguarding adults at risk. Our Policy is here to ensure everyone working in our local system understands feels able to raise concerns when another service or organisation has not responded in as required or anticipated to safeguard an adult at risks.

All, practitioners, regardless of role or perceived standing in the system, should are able to and encouraged to escalate concerns.

A flowchart showing how our escalation process works and how notification of an escalation should be recorded can be accessed here: