Safeguarding adults from abuse
Safeguarding adults refers to:
Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.
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 Joint Safeguarding Adults Multi-agency 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.