Safeguarding adults from abuse

Safeguarding adults refers to:

"All the work which enables an adult [at risk] to retain independence, wellbeing and choice and to access their human right to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect" (ADASS, 2005, Safeguarding Adults)

The definitions, policy, procedures and the roles of partner agencies working to prevent and deal with abuse when it occurs are fully explained in the West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults policy and procedures.

Social Care Direct is your first point of contact if you or someone you know need social care services in the Wakefield District. The service is available 24 hours 7 days a week.

Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board

The Wakefield and District Safeguarding Adults Board (WDSAB) is a statutory partnership constituted under the Care Act 2014.

The Board is chaired by an independent chairperson and it consists of representatives from different agencies:

The Board has a constitution and an excellent and committed membership. The Board has a three year strategic plan which is updated annually. The Board meets quarterly and highlight reports are presented at the meeting as well as monitoring the strategic plan and performance framework to review performance in terms of quantity and quality data.

There are three sub-groups that meet on a regular basis

Quality intelligence group

This group considers service provider safeguarding information and what preventative support can be provided.

Learning and development sub-group

This group promotes awareness and organises networking events with a view to informing service provider staffs about safeguarding issues in order to prevent these issues arising.

Quality and performance sub-group

This group considers the safeguarding performance management data and seeks to improve safeguarding practice and delivery.

The Board publishes an annual report which details the activity of Board partners in the previous year and their safeguarding work. The annual report also contains details of any safeguarding adult reviews and the year-end performance information.

Training and networking events

Our Safeguarding Adults open learning pack has been designed to enable multi-agency staff to develop knowledge, experience, and skills in the policies and procedure for safeguarding adults.

Forthcoming networking events

  • Safeguarding Adults and the Challenges of Self-Neglect, 11 October 2017 - further details and how to book
  • Fraud, scams and doorstep crime awareness, 12 October 2017 - further details and how to book
  • A networking event focussing on frailty, 28th February 2018 – further details will be announced nearer the time, but in the meantime, please save the date.

Please see useful documents and links to download presentations from previous networking events.

Contact us

Social Care Direct

Fax: 01924 303455
Minicom: 01924 303450 (type talk welcome)

0345 8 503 503