Safeguarding Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) week 16th to 22nd November 2020
Safeguarding Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) week
SAFE week is an annual campaign to raise awareness in North Tyneside about protecting vulnerable adults and children from abuse and harm, however safeguarding our residents is a year round initiative.
North Tyneside and Northumberland councils are joining in a nationwide conversation to raise awareness of the role we all must play in safeguarding adults.
The national awareness week which takes place from Monday 16 November until Sunday 22 November aims to spark discussions about different forms of adult abuse, so that everyone can spot the signs and know how to report safeguarding concerns.
Safeguarding is already a widely discussed topic, but what does it really mean to people in our communities? As part of the week, both authorities will come together to share resources and information around safeguarding and wellbeing, criminal exploitation, abuse, and the safe places within our communities.
We hope this will help residents to further understand what they need to look out for and how they can support someone who needs it.
For 2020 The themes for the week are varied from Monday to Friday.
Supporting resources for these themes can be acessed below:-
- The important part people play in safeguarding others
- Keeping safe
- Making Safeguarding Personal Podcast
- Criminal exploitation
- How To Stay Safe Online
- Care Act
- Creating safer places
- Financial Abuse
Please see our Scams awareness video made in partnership with Northumbria Police
Please take a look at our safeguarding awareness promotional video below and find out more about the Safeguarding Team
Safeguarding advice and information regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Here you will find information related to Coronavirus (Covid-19), safeguarding and scams awareness.
You will find attached:
- Coronavirus infographic – this is printable and sharable via social media or email.
- Link to the updated Friends Against Scams -FAS training materials
- Social media pack – please share on all your platforms
Press release links:
We are sharing the important scams awareness messages.
- There is also a press release on the NTS website
- A link to the press release from Friends Against Scams website
Read it. Share it. Prevent it.
Guidance for volunteers
To support you in training and supporting volunteers Waltham Forest have shared a video with North Tyneside and Northumberland Safeguarding Adults Board and The Safeguarding Children Partnership. This has been endorsed by both partnerships.
The short video is available on YouTube
It is 3 mins long and gives a simple message of
• If you see something say something,
• That as volunteers you have a safeguarding role,
• Flags that some people may volunteer for the wrong reason and
• Tells volunteers we want them to be safe too
The simplest message is to tell volunteers to talk to their single point of contact if they have any concerns or want advice.
All volunteers will have a single point of contact and if this SPOC is not a safeguarding lead they should know who is in their organisation.
Both North Tyneside and Northumberland have a Single telephone line for making referrals, which should be used by the SPOC to pass on any significant concerns raised by the volunteers.
- North Tyneside - 0191 6432777
- Northumberland OneCall - 01670 534600
Home Office Promotional materials
You can find promotional materials to download from the Home Office regarding Safeguarding Adults and Children. Please follow the link here
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.
Safeguarding adults means:
- Protecting people’s rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect
- People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop it from happening
- Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account
From 1 April 2015 Safeguarding Adults is underpinned by The Care Act 2014. This calls for effective multi agency working to ensure that adults at risk of harm are safeguarded within our communities.
An adult at risk is defined by The Care Act 2014 as a person who:
- Has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs)
- Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
- As a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it
Reporting a safeguarding concern
If you are a professional worker
If you are an employee of an Adult Social Care provider or another professional organisation such as the NHS or Police and you would like to report a Safeguarding Concern that has happened in North Tyneside, please complete our professionals online reporting form
If you are a North Tyneside resident
If you are a member of the public and you have a concern about the safety or welfare of a vulnerable adult in North Tyneside, please complete our
The North Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Initial Enquiry Form is to be used by Adult Social Care providers to report suspected or actual instances of abuse or neglect and could form the start of a Safeguarding Adults (Section 42) Enquiry under the Care Act.
This form should be completed as fully as possible in order that robust decisions can be made about the progression, or otherwise, of the Safeguarding Adults Enquiry.
Please use the Safeguarding Adults Risk Threshold Tool, your knowledge of the person and your professional judgment to decide on the seriousness of the concern.
Advice in writing a safeguarding report:
- Write down exactly what you are told or have seen
- Use the exact words of the person telling you, not your own
- Include times of incident
- Include the type of alleged abuse
- Include the location of the alleged abuse
- Make it clear who said what and when
- Write down everything you saw, keep it factual
- Write down people's names in full, explaining who they are
- Be accurate - write down facts as they happened, be unbiased/do not take sides, do not ask leading questions
- Use the phrases tell me about it, explain that to me, describe that
In order to clarify information, without asking leading questions:
- Explain in detail what you were told and/or saw
- Write down anything you did as a result of the allegation
- Write or type your report yourself. Keep a copy for your records.
- Make sure you include the date and your signature
- Give a copy to your service manager
- Do not show it to anyone who does not need to see it.
The North Tyneside and Northumberland Joint Safeguarding Policy sets out the course of action we should take to protect people at risk of harm from abuse.
We have also included a series of comprehensive Safeguarding Information Books, which support the Policy. The books are aimed at professionals and staff across agencies that will enable them to ensure the safety of individuals and to understand each others' roles in carrying out this task.
There is an overarching North Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Policy which is further supported by the following safeguarding information workbooks.
Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)
The Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) report into the wider system of Health and Wellbeing and Safer North Tyneside.
The Care Act 2014 brings a statutory requirement for each local authority to set up a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB). The main objective of a SAB is to assure itself that local safeguarding arrangements are in place and that partners act to help and protect adults in its area who meet the criteria under the act.
Since 2017 North Tyneside has now agreed to have a Joint SAB with Northumberland.
The Board has three core duties under the Care Act:
- It must publish a Strategic Plan for each financial year that sets out how it will meet its main objectives and what the members will do to achieve this.
- It must publish an Annual Report detailing what the SAB has done during the year to achieve its main objectives and implement its strategic plan.
- It must conduct any Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) in accordance with Section 44 of the Care Act 2014.
The SAB consists of multi agency executives, who oversee safeguarding and promote the welfare of all North Tyneside and Northumberland adults who may be at risk of harm and living within North Tyneside and Northumberland. Delivering with a strong membership and a clear Constitution, the Board has a robust focus on the changing dynamics in Health and Social Care.
The objectives are:
- To ensure there is a working agreement/understanding across all agencies in respect of operational definitions and thresholds in respect of adults at risk of harm
- To ensure adequate/appropriate funding agreements are in place as per the national guidance for each agency
- To identify and allocate resources for the SAB and sub groups
- To commission and approve an annual business plan and monitor its progress based upon government direction.
- To identify multi agency information requirements in respect of performance management information
- To develop an accountability framework
- To ensure the SAB strategy is implemented within each agency
- To commission projects/work for the SAB sub groups
- To scrutinise and monitor the work of the sub groups
- To raise awareness within the wider community of the need to safeguard vulnerable adults and promote their welfare
If you want to find out more about safeguarding adults in Northumberland or wish to report any concerns about residents of Northumberland please visit Northumberland Safeguarding
Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) Minutes
Here you will find minutes from SAB meetings
Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs)
A Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) is a process for all partner agencies to identify the lessons that can be learned from particularly complex or difficult Safeguarding Adults cases and implement changes to improve services in the light of these lessons.
From April 2015, Section 44 of the Care Act 2014 placed a duty on local Safeguarding Adults Boards to arrange SARs.
The statutory guidance for The Care Act 2014 states that SABs must arrange a SAR:
- When an adult, with needs for care and support, (whether or not the local authority was meeting any of those needs) in its area dies as a result of abuse or neglect, whether known or suspected, and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult
- If an adult in its area has not died, but the SAB knows or suspects that the adult has experienced serious abuse or neglect and there is concern that partner agencies could have worked more effectively to protect the adult
The aim of the process is to learn lessons and make improvements rather than to blame individual people or organisations. SARs can also be used to explore examples of good practice where it is likely that lessons can be applied to future cases.
Who decides when to hold a SAR?
The Safeguarding Adults Board has a Safeguarding Adults Review Committee that considers referrals for SARs. The group makes recommendations to the Safeguarding Adults Board on whether a SAR should be held or if other steps can be taken to respond to the issues that a case has raised. Anyone can make a referral to the Safeguarding Adults Review Committee.
How is a SAR carried out?
If the decision is to proceed with a Safeguarding Adults Review, the Committee can use this information to determine the type of review to be undertaken and the scope of the review.
Once completed the findings of the review will be reported back to the SAB with any action plans identified. The SAB then monitors the implementation of these plans with the help of the Safeguarding Adults Review Committee. The executive summary and agreed action plan is published and made available to the public, which is agreed with the family members or appropriate others.
There is a timetable for all parts of the process based on national guidelines.
North Tyneside Council currently deliver Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Training to all sectors including Social Services, North Tyneside CCG, Northumbria Healthcare Trust, and the Independent and Private Sector.
The North Tyneside and Northumberland Safeguarding Adults Board Workforce Development subgroup oversee the implementation and delivery of a Safeguarding Adults Training programme within the borough. The programme is delivered by a range of professionals, using endorsed training packages.